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Purkey captures essence of redemption
I was struck by Mike Purkey’s wonderful remarks about how people from treatment (addiction, in this case, but true of all mental-health treatment) see the world differently than most other people (“Woods evolves from winner to winsome,” April 17).

Thank you to Purkey for not having the attitude that he quoted: “I don’t care about his personal life. I just write about golf.”

Purkey’s writing is one big reason why I gobble up this newsletter each time. Golf is interesting, and humans who play golf at the highest levels are intriguing.

Redemption is one of the most powerful storylines and deserves to be treated carefully. Purkey’s article was that, in spades.

Richard Jepsen
Alameda, Calif.

Like him or not, Woods impresses
It is interesting to read the comments submitted to Morning Read about the Masters Tournament’s winning golfer (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 17). A polarizing person, without a doubt.

The relative anonymity of electronic media allows opinions to be voiced that appear not to be based on objectivity. The negative comments raise the question of how some people are able to function and prosper if they follow a negative mantra on a daily basis, but I digress.

Perhaps the fact should be accepted that a flawed individual has overcome the valley of self-inflicted damage and physical obstacles to climb back to the top of the mountain.

Like or dislike the person, it is a noteworthy accomplishment.

Subtract the personality from the equation and then evaluate the accomplishment. Impressive validation about never giving up.

Dave Richner
St. Johns, Fla.

Getting a read on Woods’ victory
The part of Tiger Woods’ impressive victory in the Masters that I enjoyed the most was that Woods read the greens like a professional should (“Woods pads legend with ‘greatest victory’,” April 15). He did not pull out a multi-page booklet, studying arrows and elevation lines like some sort of pseudo civil engineer. He knelt behind the ball and studied the green with his eyes. His brain processed the data and envisioned the path that the ball needed to take in order to get to the hole. Then his brain told his hands and arms the velocity to swing the putter.

He did not study a book and then straddle his line, hold up two, three or four fingers, take his stance, then return to the position behind the ball to give it one more look. He trusted his instinctual analysis, stroked the ball the best that he could and moved on . . . the way we did it in the old days, before these greens charts came out and slowed play another couple of notches.

Tim Pittman
West End, N.C.

A vote for longer par 5s and broadcasts
When are they going to put teeth into Augusta National Golf Course so it doesn't look like another birdie-fest PGA Tour event?

The par 5s are a joke, especially on the back nine, where players are hitting irons for second shots. It's like a par-68 course.

Is any of this land purchase going to lengthen the course? (“Augusta’s land grab shapes club’s future,” April 16).

The other question I wish you guys would ask club chairman Fred Ridley is, why won't they allow TV to broadcast entire morning and afternoon rounds? Why are TV viewers shut out of seeing morning play?

I am sure that every golf fan would love to watch the first and second rounds on TV instead of streaming on CBS Sports for featured holes or certain groups. Ridley should use his influence to give golf fans all-day coverage like the other majors.

Gregory Tatoian
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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