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TV knows which side of its bread is buttered
I agree with reader Ken Staroscik when he says that TV coverage of Tiger Woods must show his every shot of the tournament (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 25).

I get that Woods “is the needle,” so he must be shown whenever he is playing, but there were more players who played better than Woods at the recent WGC Mexico Championship, and they got minimal or no coverage. I enjoy watching Woods make great shots, but he didn’t make that many, and he made a lot of bad shots.

Other golfers must have made good shots, but I didn’t get to see most of them, because we were watching Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Woods and Justin Thomas – Thomas only because he shot 62 in the final round. I would rather see the good shots of players such as Paul Casey and Keegan Bradley shooting 65 instead of Woods’ bad shots in a round of 69.

Even when Woods is not playing in a tournament, the broadcasters must mention him when talking about the other players:

That was a great shot. It was Tiger-esque.

This is his third win this year, but Tiger won eight times in 1999.

My wife, a 16 handicap, started saying “biscuit” every time the announcers mention Woods when he’s not playing. She said it’s like the announcers are tossed a “biscuit” when they mention his name. I'm tired of hearing that word!

Woods is not playing this week at the Honda. Count how many times you hear “Tiger” on Golf Channel and on NBC, and I hear "biscuit."

Ken Byers
Kennewick, Wash.


Stop drooling over Tiger Woods
Bravo, reader Ken Staroscik (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 25). That is exactly why I do not watch any golf tournament when Tiger Woods is playing.

Thankfully, he is no longer a leader in the clubhouse anymore. Yet the media still have to drool, like a 13-year-old girl in love with the captain of a football team. I thought we were done with that when Johnny Miller retired from NBC, but I guess I was mistaken.

There are many dozens of talented young players on the PGA Tour. Why must we be subjected to this rhetoric? He is finished as a front-runner, so give him the credit he deserves for a 10th-place finish in Mexico.

Thank goodness that Woods doesn’t play lesser tournaments, so we can enjoy the new talent on Tour.

Ross Barber
Waterford, Vt.


Finding fault with LPGA in ‘backstopping’ caper
So, the LPGA had a chance to take a stand against “backstopping” and managed to whiff.

The situation between Amy Olson and Ariya Jutanugarn on the 18th hole Friday in the second round of the Honda LPGA Thailand was the most egregious of circumstances that you wonder why the LPGA decided to look the other way.

Olson's explanation of trying to speed play is ridiculous in that it would have taken Jutanugarn 10 seconds to mark her ball. Plus, they were waiting for an official to help the third player with a drop. Maybe the worst part was watching Olson's reaction by giving Jutanugarn a high-five, I guess thanking her for not marking her ball.

The only thing Olson said that was believable was she didn't know the rule.

Bill Tignanelli
Perry Hall, Md.
(Tignanelli works as a rules official for the Maryland State Golf Association and the Middle Atlantic Golf Association.)


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