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Holmes’ plodding pace penalizes others
I wonder how many strokes it cost Justin Thomas and Adam Scott having to play with J.B. Holmes on Sunday.

The cameras didn't do justice to the time it took Holmes, the eventual winner of the Genesis Open, to hit each shot. Conditions were tough enough without having to deal with slow play.

How many times did Justin Thomas say, Hit the f---ing ball!, under his breath? We haven't seen a player get in Holmes' face during a round ... yet.

Dick Greenwood
Bradenton, Fla.


Sifford made a lasting impression
CBS honored the late, great Charlie Sifford on the 50th anniversary of his winning the L.A. Open. He actually won it at Rancho Park, not Riviera. Sifford was the most genuine human I have ever met.

CBS commentator Jim Nantz mentioned that he played a pro-am with Sifford on the senior tour, and it was the highlight of his career. Amazing, but to meet Sifford was just that memorable.

I had just worked the radio coverage of the 1977 L.A. Open and was trying to get on a flight back to Florida for the next event, and my credit card would not go through. I was short some credit. Charlie was behind me in line and did not know me. He tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Here,” and gave me his Diners Club card – not knowing how much I needed or anything.

I eventually did not need it. With a combo of cash and credit, I was able to buy the ticket. I thanked him and then sat with him on the cross-country flight, and we talked a lot about everything: the old days when the men who did not have anything helped each other – amazing.

But he did tell me that he would never go to the Masters, no matter what. So, I knew when Tiger Woods invited him to go that he would refuse, and of course he did.

Sifford won Hartford in 1967, and Augusta National officials denied him, and then again in '69 after L.A. That was it for him.

He endured so much for so long but gained amazing respect, and then some.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.


Sizing up yardage-book limits
I had a call recently from the coach of a women's Division I college program. She was concerned that the yardage books her team will be using are too large, according to Rule 4.3.

Maybe they are, but who cares? That rule was put in the book because Bryson DeChambeau carries a briefcase on the golf course, and it looks bad on TV.

This is a great example of the USGA failing to consider the consequences of its proclamations. Thankfully, the USGA issued a clarification regarding standing behind a player (“USGA, R&A bend a bit on ‘alignment rule’,” Feb. 7). This book-size rule should be next. It should be listed as an optional local rule that the USGA could use in all of its championships. Leave the rest of us alone.

Jim Kavanagh
St. Augustine, Fla.
(Kavanagh is a senior rules official with the Florida State Golf Association.)


Kuchar did nothing wrong except apologize
Kudos to Michael Merrill for his comment about Matt Kuchar (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 18).

Kuchar did not owe this caddie any more than what they had agreed upon. On top of it, the caddie received a 66-percent tip!

We all have had temporary jobs, and generally, if you want the job, you take what is offered. If you get a bonus, good for you. However, no one has the right to be the conscience of Matt Kuchar, except for Matt Kuchar. So what if he makes or has millions? It is his call on how to spend it, not anyone else’s. He lived up to the bargain, and then some.

We don't know anything about their interaction during the tournament. What if Kuchar had placed second? Would there be a big issue made about it then?

I too, am sorry that he capitulated and apologized for something that needed no apology.

Tom Barrs
Aurora, Ill.


Perhaps Kuchar and Ortiz deserved each other
Regarding the Matt Kuchar controversy (“Kuchar feels heat, pledges caddie bonus,” Feb. 18): Did Kuchar stiff the local caddie? Absolutely. But, after David Ortiz turned down the original make-good offer by Kuchar’s agent of an additional $15,000, he exposed himself as an extortionist and just as greedy as Kuchar.

Neither side should be very proud of its integrity in this case.

Frank Blauch
Lebanon, Pa.


TV sideshow misses its mark
I want to agree with reader Ginny Kavanagh’s comments about CBS commentator Gary McCord (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 18).

He makes the TV golf viewing experience intolerable. My wife must have said out loud six or seven times directed at the TV: “Just shut up, already!”

Gary simply tries too hard to be funny, and as a result, he isn’t funny. His process is, If I just say as much as possible, something is bound to be funny. Instead, it’s just nonsense.

Initially, I defended McCord when Augusta National Golf Club barred him from Masters coverage, but apparently club leaders could see into the future and realize the side show that he would become. McCord either needs to tone it down or many of us will tune out

Kevin J. Wever
Barrington, Ill.


McCord’s shtick is no laughing matter
There was a time when CBS commentator Gary McCord was amusing, mainly when playing off against David Feherty. There was a time when he added entertainment value with his occasional quip. Unfortunately, that time is long past.

Over the years, he has ceased being naturally funny and seems to be pressing harder and harder. A forced attempt at humor is not funny, just annoying, particularly when it comes so often that it blots out anything useful which he might have to offer.

Just like the ridiculous mustache, McCord has become a caricature of himself, and it is not flattering.

If he would go back to “serious” announcing, with the occasional pithy comment a la Feherty or guys like Ben Wright or Henry Longhurst or even Peter Oosterhuis, he could be an asset, not a liability. But for now, I look forward to the Masters telecast, where Augusta National officials have had the good sense to ban him.

Mike McQueen
El Paso, Texas


Just think if they really had to work for a living
It always amazes me when touring professionals such as Tiger Woods and Jason Day, who work out constantly with personal trainers and look all muscled-out, play with a caddie at a very measured pace and complain about how tired they are.

I can only imagine what workers who do labor-intensive jobs feel like after a day’s work.

Pathetic.

Gary Cohen
Great Neck, N.Y.


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