Golf’s version of a holy week
Masters week has nine days now. And what a nine days it was.
It started on Saturday with the Augusta National Women’s Amateur (“Women make big impression at Augusta,” April 8). It might have been the most compelling round of golf I've witnessed since some guy won the U.S. Open while playing on a broken leg a few years back. And do we call that pin position on 18 “Jennifer's pin” now?
Sunday was the Drive, Chip and Putt, which always exceeds its billing (“Keeping score,” April 8). Even more so for me this year ,as I had a small connection to one of the participants. And she won her age group. So exciting.
And then, the Masters itself. It’s probably the definition of exceeding the billing – every year, it seems. This year? Well, that guy with the broken leg? He won the dang thing. And there was nothing broken about it. Except par. Congratulations, Tiger.
Wow. In our house, it is the High Holy Week. Indeed.
What a week.
Challengers lacked only experience to master Augusta
Each player in the final few groups at the Masters has as much or more skill as the current edition of Tiger Woods. They lack the experience and patience that allowed Woods to outlast them.
This factor was perfectly exemplified on Sunday at the 12th hole, known as Golden Bell. Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau and Francesco Molinari went for the sucker pin when none of them actually needed a birdie, with two short par-5 holes coming up. Had they taken the safer line, the worst result would have been a ball in the bunker.
Even after the fact, their comments reflected a poor swing or a sudden wind gust as the reason for the ball splashing. They should learn from this "experience" instead of excusing their poor strategy.
St. Augustine, Fla.
'Yesterday's news' deserves limited coverage
Well, it has happened again. Another week of the TV boys showing nothing but Tiger Woods. Tiger, Tiger, Tiger.
There are so many fine young players on the PGA Tour today who never get the exposure they so richly deserve. For instance, I don't think I saw Justin Rose, who was ranked No. 1 in the world, even once this week at the Masters Tournament.
When will the journalists and the TV networks realize that Tiger Woods is yesterday's news and relegate him to the limited coverage other aging former stars receive?
St. Paul, Minn.
Woods’ victory will push younger players
Great win for Tiger Woods at the Masters. Golf is in an incredible spot. Woods is back, hitting the ball as good as he's ever hit it. There are a ton of young players who are viable contenders at each major championship. Brooks Koepka might be the best one of them.
There is a legitimate old school vs. new school rivalry with golf now. These younger guys won't back down from seeing Woods winning the Masters. If anything, it’s going to push guys like Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and all the other young guys who play on the PGA Tour and were inspired by Woods to play golf.
What a week for golf at Augusta National. I can't wait for the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in May.
(Coleman is a member of the PGA of America.)
Just undo it
If Tiger Woods moved the needle on golf equipment (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 14), why is Nike out of the golf business?
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