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Whistling past the LPGA’s graveyard
Congratulations to Dan O’Neill on a well-written, incisive, refreshingly truthful and rational commentary on the state of the LPGA tour ... and women's golf in particular (“Haney exposes LPGA’s dirty little secret,” June 5).

The golf world has spent an enormous amount of time and energy on "growing women's golf" over the past 20 years. The result: a major decrease in the amount of play, and an even more major decrease in LPGA tour interest ... as O’Neill correctly pointed out.

Golf has been whistling past this graveyard for years. It's nice to hear someone talk about where the bodies are buried.

Tony Leodora
Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
(Leodora hosts the syndicated “GolfTalk Live” radio show and hosts the “Traveling Golfer” TV show.)

LPGA should plot its future in Asia
Perhaps the LPGA should consider moving its tour to where its major sources of revenue are found: Asia (“Haney exposes LPGA’s dirty little secret,” June 5).

The LPGA is a women’s tour, not an American tour. The tour’s origins certainly are American, but it doesn’t appear as if its future is.

John Elliott
Timmins, Ontario

Blame it on ‘white nationalism’
Dan O’Neill’s analysis is nothing more than an attempt to justify the white nationalism that seems to be acceptable in the U.S. now (“Haney exposes LPGA’s dirty little secret,” June 5).

If white men don’t want to watch Asian female athletes, that should be called out for what it is.

Talented golfers come in all shapes, genders and nationalities. Let’s focus on the golf instead of reinforcing bigotry.

Patricia Dixon
Haywards Heath, England

O’Neill’s opinion about LPGA is ‘spot on’
Great article by Dan O’Neill (“Haney exposes LPGA’s dirty little secret,” June 5), and as he so eloquently stated, “spot on.”

Ted Biskind

O’Neill’s opinion about LPGA is not ‘spot on’
Dan O’Neill states that Hank Haney “was spot on” (“Haney exposes LPGA’s dirty little secret,” June 5). No, he wasn’t. Racism is racism. Distasteful is distasteful.

Too often, we seek to exonerate individuals’ inappropriate statements on the basis that they are revealing a great truth.

Haney’s comments were not presented in the context of an examination of challenges to the popularity and profitability of the LPGA tour.

As a proud Canadian, I am a huge hockey fan, and watching my country dominate in international hockey is one of my favorite (but increasingly rare) sports-viewing experiences. However, I was thrilled to see a Russian, Alexander Ovechkin, lead his team to the Stanley Cup last year.

It’s no surprise that Haney is now saying, See, I was right. No, Mr. Haney, your comments were racist, distasteful and wrong. Golf does not discriminate, and the voices of our game should not, either.

Mike Kukelko
Oak Bluff, Manitoba

Maybe O’Neill’s opinion is ‘spot on,’ after all
Dan O’Neill’s article is the best commentary I have seen on this topic (“Haney exposes LPGA’s dirty little secret,” June 5). Spot on!

Charles Peterson
Keller, Texas

Without question, it’s ‘spot on’
Dan O’Neill’s article is spot on (“Haney exposes LPGA’s dirty little secret,” June 5).

Not said: Are American LPGA golfers truly putting their lives on hold to be at the top of their game? Or are they in a fashion show? Or are they positioning themselves for a spot on Golf Channel? I think the results are there.

We need another Annika Sorenstam.

Bobby Phillips
Rock Hill, S.C.

O’Neill offers voice of reason
I read Dan O’Neill’s article and thought, Finally, a voice of reason (“Haney exposes LPGA’s dirty little secret,” June 5).

You are so very correct about the LPGA tour and how few Americans are ranked in the top 30. I was not offended in the least when I heard Hank Haney’s comments, nor were any of my golfer pals.

Perry Thompson
Tualatin, Ore.

U.S. women need to defend their turf
Dan O’Neill may have hit the nail perfectly without even trying (“Haney exposes LPGA’s dirty little secret,” June 5).

The money is here on the LPGA tour, so the best female golfers understand that to make money and fulfill a career, they must come to the U.S. and succeed here. That is the sole reason why the rest of the world performs here. The Korean LPGA and Ladies European Tour simply don't cut it, and the players know it.

It still does not answer the question about why the Americans are falling so far behind. Is it that they compete against one another so much as juniors and amateurs and are not forced to improve?

Maybe the fact that they get to a point and stop getting better is the real reason. Until Americans figure that out, the world is coming and they are not settling for good golf.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

Honest dialogue would help
Hank Haney’s comments were lazy and condescending in, seemingly, a pathetic attempt to be funny (“Haney exposes LPGA’s dirty little secret,” June 5). However, screaming racism/sexism prevents honest dialogue about the issues that female professional golfers face today.

Tiger Woods is golf’s “needle” despite being of Thai and African-American descent. Racists didn't impact his popularity. Michelle Wie, whose parents are native Koreans, was a media darling and arguably the most compelling story in golf for a while.

Racism exists, but true star power (Woods, Wie) can rise above it. The "it" factor is elusive. Charisma cannot be manufactured. When a player has it, the media and sponsors will flock to her.

Remember, the NBA was dying a slow death before Magic Johnson and Larry Bird saved the league.

Chip Hunter
Winston-Salem, N.C.

Women’s Open fails to hold media’s attention
Thank you, Dan O’Neill, for finally adding a voice of reason (“Haney exposes LPGA’s dirty little secret,” June 5).

Like others who have an interest in golf, I listened to all of the politically correct advice, the so-called women's advocates and bandwagoners over the past week during the U.S. Women’s Open. However, once the tournament began, the mainstream sports media outlets such as Golf Channel, CBS Sports and ESPN moved their LPGA/USGA coverage below the PGA, Champions, European and tour results. If they were so intent to point blame, why didn't they move the Women's Open on a level footing with the Memorial? Clearly it was the first or second most prestigious event of the weekend.

It further justifies O’Neill’s point of view. Once Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Michelle Wie and Lorena Ochoa left the scene, women’s golf has been an irrelevant sport, led by non-needle-moving players.

Ken Venezio
Fort Worth, Texas

Struggling to find a rooting interest
Dan O’Neill’s comments could not have been more on (“Haney exposes LPGA’s dirty little secret,” June 5).

I enjoy watching the LPGA, but from week to week I find it difficult to find someone for whom I really want to root because it’s always someone different winning that I really don’t know much about.

Paul Kromar

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