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Ignorance of rules is not just a guy thing
It's not just the whining men who can't be bothered to learn the rules of their “profession” (“Maybe golf needs a rule against whining,” March 27). Last Saturday at the LPGA Founders Cup, I watched a player and caddie stumble their way through a relief procedure.

The ball comes to rest on a sprinkler head. Identify the nearest point of relief and drop within a club length. The dropped ball must remain in the one-club relief area or be redropped.

Without identifying the nearest point, the player dropped and the ball rolled away. What a quandary! Let's call an official and hold up the works because neither player nor caddie knew how to make a simple drop that we all do at some point in every round.

So much for pace of play.

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

A ‘game of integrity’?
I do not understand this idea that golf is a game of integrity.

Players don’t know the rules; allow backstopping, which is clearly against the rules; often take questionable drops; and are not playing their shots in a timely manner.

What I really don’t get is why all other sports can be gambled on (in Europe, gambling on golf has been going on for many years) and why it would impact the integrity of the game?

Gary Cohen
Great Neck, N.Y.

PGA Tour should ban all pain-relief substances
Performance-enhancing substances are, by definition, substances that improve the performance ability in humans. If marijuana is performance enhancing, what about cortisone shots, Advil and any other medical substances that relieve pain? You can’t tell me that golfers don’t perform better when pain free (“Tour’s outdated drug policy nabs Garrigus,” March 25).

If the PGA Tour wants to put marijuana on its banned-substances list, it is well within its right. But don’t ban marijuana because it’s “performing enhancing.” That opens a can of worms. There are too many other things the Tour allows that enhance a player’s performance.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

Miceli misses mark on marijuana
For the first time, I have to take a side against Alex Miceli, with all due respect, on the marijuana issue (“Tour’s outdated drug policy nabs Garrigus,” March 25).

I love my beautiful Oregon, one of the misguided states that have made this drug legal. While I know people who have benefited from medicinal and legal uses, there are still so many who abuse this drug, and are debased by the Mexican cartels who bully, abuse and assassinate legal growers who won't sell to them for less-than-market prices.

I have great respect for Alex Miceli and read Morning Read daily, but on this subject, I must differ.

C.A. Nilsson
Jacksonville, Ore.

Boo to Hawkins and Kaufmann
I am somewhat dismayed by the negative attitude in the recent articles by John Hawkins (“Tour stuffs Match Play’s March madness,” March 26) and Martin Kaufmann (“Augusta event won’t do much for women,” March 27).

When you write about golf, you should write about the positives and not stretch to write about the negatives, although you can certainly find negatives if you are looking for them.

For Kaufmann to beat up Augusta National for the positives that its women’s amateur tournament are bringing to women’s golf is ridiculous. Then also to deride the club about the Drive, Chip and Putt being held there is equally ridiculous.

One of my favorite TV views is the DCP, and I thank Augusta National for bringing it to us. You can twist facts any way you want, but I think what Augusta National has done with these two events is better for the game.

Hawkins’ ridicule of the WGC Match Play format has little merit when it comes to the actual playing. I thoroughly enjoy the seedings and the round-robin pairings. It’s very entertaining and fun to follow each match.

Boo to negative golf journalism. There are too many other negatives in the world. Let’s keep things positive when it comes to golf.

Carl Goodwin
Charlotte, N.C.

Kaufmann’s malarkey maligns Masters
I take exception to Martin Kaufmann’s article (“Augusta event won’t do much for women,” March 27). Not so much what Augusta National Golf Club can do for women, but for the driving force behind the club’s change of heart.

I don't know if Kaufmann has attended the Masters in person or just seen it on TV. I have been there only twice, so I may not know all the ins and outs of Augusta National, but I am sure of one thing: The ruling body of that iconic business is not concerned about how much money the club will derive from whatever activities it has on the grounds.

The Drive, Chip and Putt competition will be more of a thrill for all who participate than for anyone who may be watching. The same would hold true for the Augusta National Women's Amateur. The opportunity to play the course should override the need to promote any particular cause or tournament.

To say that the Masters is composed of the game’s weakest major-championship field is just plain malarkey. My impression of the Masters makes it clear to me that it’s all about the golf. They certainly aren't in it for the money, as proved by the ticket pricing and on-course concessions.

Rick Barr
Columbus, Ohio

Golf’s million-man mission needs 999,999 volunteers
With the current social-media opportunities, I have a solution to slow play.

Someone among us (not me, because I'm 80 and know very little of the in/outs of it) should start a million-man movement on social media to boycott the TV during commercials. Let all the sponsors and promoters know that until they step in and insist things get speeded up, we will not watch their commercials or buy their products. That includes watching Golf Channel and its four uninformed yoyos. If they get hit in their income stream, they will get the message.

Also, we need an avenue to bombard the PGA Tour leaders with emails regarding the sorry slow state of the tournaments.

I'm available. Count me in for whatever we can initiate.

Bobby Goforth
Bristol, Tenn.

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