U.S. flaws on LPGA shouldn’t be foreign concept
Reader Bob Geismar asks why there aren’t more American women winning on the LPGA (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 28). He doesn’t have to look very far to get his answer.
The Duke women just won the NCAA Division I Championship. The Blue Devils’ roster was made up of six players, only two of whom have hometowns in the U.S. The other four are from Slovenia, Italy, Thailand and China.
Top college programs are recruiting overseas. Top college players get invitations to top tournaments, which can lead to an exemption into the Augusta National Women’s Amateur (where only 31 of the 72 players were represented by U.S. flags). The odds of further success certainly favor the foreign players.
Other countries such as South Korea have programs to develop their players. We have programs, too, but our programs are further developing their players.
Some LPGA players simply outwork others
Reader Bob Geismar brings up an interesting point about the lack of Americans at the top of some LPGA leaderboards (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 28).
As one who volunteers at multiple events, I can tell you that the talent level among the top players is too close to call. The difference comes down to work ethic.
Cheyenne Woods stars in a commercial in which she tells us how she works on her game for four hours a day. Really? She is a good player who, in my opinion, underperforms. My experience tells me that she is not the only one. The players who show up on the range after their rounds are nearly all from other countries.
I know a Korean player who typically finishes between 25th and 35th each week. When she is home, I see her in the practice area all day, with a break for lunch. All day is much more than four hours. And she has only one win in a nine-year career.
It takes more than talent to get your name on the leaderboard, much less win an event. Just ask Tiger Woods.
St. Augustine, Fla.
Tour fan fights boredom
Adam Schupak could not have said it better in his article on driving distance on the PGA Tour (“300 or bust: Power game reshapes Tour,” May 28).
Tournament golf at all levels has become all about distance. The PGA Tour is boring, predictable and no fun to watch.
Baffled in Berkeley by the buggy business
So, John Daly has asked for a buggy to navigate the British Open (“In the news,” May 27). Does he specify what kind of buggy? Maybe a recliner, with a pillow and a minibar?
Part of championship golf is having the stamina to walk a course for four consecutive days, play 72 holes, and stand around waiting while other players make their shots. When a competitor doesn't feel up to doing that, he passes on a tournament and waits until he feels fit enough to compete, or takes his chances and withdraws if the exertion turns out to be more than he can handle.
This cart business is baffling.
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