Just another green jacket for the closet
Blaine Walker's brilliant letter should be required reading for every journalist and TV producer (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 15). Walker's insightful comment that Tiger Woods is “yesterday's news” and is an aging former star is dead-on, as many other Morning Read “inbox” writers pointed out long before this past weekend.
Yes, Woods won the Masters, but come on (“Woods pads legend with ‘greatest victory’,” April 15). He already had done it four times previously, so it's not as if this is some new and unexpected development.
I am fully onboard with Walker's assessment that Justin Rose should have been given far more air time than what he received, given that he was the No. 1 player in the world coming into the tournament. Sure, he missed the cut, but the least CBS could have done was to present a 15-minute highlight reel of what he did Thursday and Friday.
At next month's PGA Championship, I hope we will be shown extended coverage of today's exciting new stars such as Adam Long, Kevin Tway and Martin Trainer, all of whom won PGA Tour events earlier this season, well before Woods did. Maybe this time, TV will get it right.
(Harman is the national course director for the U.S. Golf Teachers Federation.)
Don’t get carried away with Woods’ victory
Let’s not get carried away. Tiger Woods was amazing, wonderful and poetic, but for me right now, the Masters victory puts him like all of the other top 10-15 players entering every major (“Woods pads legend with ‘greatest victory’,” April 15).
Woods won on Sunday as much with his Masters experience as he did with his game. He out-thought his competitors. Will he be able to do that as he did in his heyday? I bet not, and that is not shaming him at all. The guys today are so good.
This puts Woods where he is a threat in every tournament in which he enters, but so are many players.
Boca Raton, Fla.
It’s time to move on from Masters
Tiger Woods’ victory at Augusta was a magnificent display of controlled golf. I enjoyed it. I understand that everyone has to talk about it, and discuss Woods’ chances of catching Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships. That's all they can talk about on PGA Tour Radio, but I don't need any more speculation. I think we all have our own thoughts on this by now.
By this time of the week, on any other week, we would be talking about the next tournament, so let's get on with it.
10 commandments for pilgrims to golf's holiest shrine
I love to watch the Masters and the behavior of the patrons – “spectators” at other tournaments – besides the actual golf at this prestigious tournament.
I wish other tournaments would follow this example. There are Rules of Golf, but the Masters has its rules for the patrons. Here are their 10 commandments:
1. No running (walking briskly is allowed)
2. No getting drunk (last call is at 4 p.m.)
3. No cellphones (or risk being banned for life)
4. No cameras or recording devices during the tournament (only during practice rounds)
5. No autograph requests while players are on the course (practice range, putting green and par-3 course only)
6. No outside food or drink (no ice chests; concession prices are very reasonable)
7. No sitting in other patrons' seats
8. No selling of tickets within 2,700 feet of Augusta National
9. No leaving and re-entering the tournament multiple times
10. No trash on the ground
How many times have you seen a caddie ask someone to stop taking pictures during his player’s swing or to stand still and be quiet?
You will not see a baby stroller on the grounds of Augusta National – ever. If you look closely, all of the chairs occupied by the patrons look amazingly similar.
There are very good reasons for these rules, and it is a pleasure to watch a tournament where the rules of golf and patrons are enforced.
River Ridge, La.
I've followed Tiger Woods through thick and thin, from the beginning to present day, and tried to restrict my focus to his playing ability and left all the rest to others who are interested in that sort of thing. I'm not, because I play golf and truly understand and appreciate what he has done, not only for himself but for the sport.
This was indeed a very memorable Masters Tournament.
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