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Woods certainly rates as American cultural icon
A great many people are weighing in on Tiger Woods, who recently was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 8). I took the time to research who has been awarded this honor in the past, and it includes some of the greatest American icons in sports, theater, song, art and literature.

To exclude Tiger Woods would be just plain vindictive.

I am not the biggest Tiger Woods fan in the world, nor do I care much for President Donald Trump, but Woods’ contribution to American culture certainly is worthy of recognition.

Let’s be real here: We all know why so many are criticizing this act by the president. The political culture in this country is the worst I have ever seen, and it is dragging America to a place that we may all regret.

Tiger, American hero? Perhaps not.

American cultural icon? No doubt.

Frank Blauch
Lebanon, Pa.

Maybe this letter writer deserves an award, too
Poor reader Bob Geismar. His outrage/concern/comment about Tiger Woods’ receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom is not keeping with the times (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 8). Participation trophies are presented to all participants in youth sporting events now days, regardless of first-, second- or last-place performance.

As a fallout of the political correctness we live in, we do not want to hurt the poor little darlings’ feelings, do we? Besides, it is the hope by the little ones’ parents that their offspring may, in their evaluation, have enough talent to earn a scholarship to college or even get to the professional level.

The proliferation of awards shows is another clue that feel-good awards now reach the adult level. It's a head-scratcher when an award is given for best cinematic achievement in black and white for a short long fictional non-fictional film. C'mon!

Or how about the last selection in the NFL Draft getting the moniker of Mr. Irrelevant. Some recognition for everybody.

So, the Medal of Freedom may just be a part of the trend.

Dave Richner
St. Johns, Fla.

Woods and Trump are golf buddies, and nothing more
Gee, I wonder how the Tiger Woods haters who double as Donald Trump lovers can stand it? It just seems so discordant to me (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 8).

Is there a connection between the incredible purse money in golf and the ubiquitous junior-golf schools and academies growing exponentially? I think so.

Just what does the Tiger Woods Foundation do for children? Maybe the doubters could do some research and be surprised. I don't think Woods uses the foundation money to purchase portraits of himself.

Whether Woods has caused the number of rounds played to increase is a matter of debate. Without data connecting the two, it is difficult to reach a conclusion other than one's own opinion. Maybe it's just because the old birds are dying off faster than new golfers can replace them.

Golf is a game born and bred among elitists. Woods is the anomaly. Trump calls it "an aspirational game" for those with the time and money to participate. Perhaps the lack of minority participation on the PGA Tour is a problem that should not be attributed to Tiger Woods.

Trump and Woods are, and have been, golf buddies. Leave it at that.

Jim Kavanagh
St. Augustine, Fla.

Tour should take playing lesson from other sports
I have one small additional point to Dave Seanor’s article, which I found to be quite provoking and interesting (“Could Tour ditch blinders and crack whip?” May 8).

NBA – forced quick decisions and fast play with the 24-second clock, and the rest is history;

NFL – allows only a brief time between plays;

MLB – pitcher clocks and batter clocks are well on their way.

And this is in sports having to coordinate and substitute in and out multiple players, on teams of five to 11!

I realize that golf is different, with no referees, umpires and others looking for violations. But, PGA Tour officials need to realize that these under-the-radar rules of the other spectator sports are key to their popularity. It is writ large in the rise of the NBA to eclipse other spectator sports except, perhaps, for football. It’s exciting to see a three-point shot made with .1 left on the shot clock.

So, perhaps what is good for golf also would be good for the PGA Tour, if only Tour officials would remove their blinders.

Rich Jepsen
Alameda, Calif.

Spiranac wouldn’t merit a dress-code violation, either
I agree wholeheartedly with Dave Seanor about the PGA Tour (“Could Tour ditch blinders and crack whip?” May 8).

There’s no way that the Tour would punish its stars, although Dustin Johnson did leave the tour for six months in 2014-15 for “unknown” reasons. However, that didn’t affect anyone other than himself.

I like to equate not assessing strokes to the Tour darlings to Paige Spiranac showing up to play in blue-jean cutoffs and a halter top. Who would call her on a dress-code violation?

Jerry Walters
Centennial, Colo.
(Walters hosts “In the Fairway,” a golf show on KKFN 104.3 FM “The Fan” in Greenwood Village, Colo.)

McCarron’s true edge: ‘Inadvertent touching’
Wednesday’s Morning Read published an advertisement from Tour Edge citing its product as the reason for Scott McCarron’s two recent victories on the Champions Tour and his four wins since 2018.

I agree that Tour Edge makes a very good product and might have a role in his good play. But the reason McCarron won last week was because of his putting.

The reason he’s putting so well is that he’s using the long putter. I don’t see any difference between how he’s using it now and how he was using it before the anchored stroke was banned beginning in 2016. In my view, he’s, at worst, cheating; at best, he is willfully misusing the “inadvertent touching” loophole to give him an advantage.

And we want to talk about golf being an “honorable” game.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

Don’t compare Daly with Martin
Reading the article on John Daly getting a cart to use in next week’s PGA Championship and comparing him to Casey Martin was a bit jarring (“In the news,” May 8).

Casey has a long-standing medical condition, and I have no doubt that he has done everything in his power to overcome it. If anyone has earned the right to ride, he has. But compare that to John Daly, who has never shown any dedication to maintaining himself in a fit state. Obesity worsens osteoarthritis, and any doctor will tell you that weight loss is always desirable. But I guess that the Americans with Disabilities Act applies without consideration of a sloppy lifestyle or other conditions.

To compare someone with an unfortunate medical condition to another whose careless lifestyle has just made his health worse is too bad. Doubly sad, because Daly still can show flashes of the golfer who stunned the golf world so many years ago.

Tony Bayard
Thompsonville, Mich.

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