Appreciate golf history as a national treasure
I was pleased to see Morning Read acknowledge the importance of the history of our game in two articles Thursday (“Koepka 3-peat would turn back clocks” and “Champions Tour offers more than legends,” June 13).
History is so very important generally, and it translates to specific sports as well. The sports we play and how we play them are a direct reflection of our society as a whole.
When Major League Baseball honors Jackie Robinson’s No. 42, we are all brought back to a time when all people could not participate in playing sports. Even Hank Haney’s recent comments and the multitude of responses that he provoked reflect our multicultural society and how complex it really is.
It is important to keep golf history alive and relevant, not simply to honor the way former greats played but to show how golf fit in our collective past. Golfers such as Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka and Jeongeun Lee6 are making history in front of our very eyes. I hope we are wise enough to appreciate it.
Champions in every way
I go to the Champions Tour stop in Boca Raton, Fla., every year, and I have since the tournament's inception. The players are totally accessible to fans and seem to welcome the attention (“Champions Tour offers more than legends,” June 13).
Despite being somewhat void of "major" stars from PGA Tour careers, these men are really good at playing professional golf at this level.
Because only a few of them have had incredible PGA Tour careers, it makes it seem as though they are not great golfers. It simply means they were not great back in the day.
For example, watching Scott Parel this past year was a pleasure. This guy is tremendous. So are Scott McCarron and Bernhard Langer, and Corey Pavin hits balls with amazing efficiency. Go out and see them play and compete, and then make your opinion.
One issue that always bugs me, and I think it hurts this tour greatly on its television coverage, is the fact that despite 78-man fields, they still play threesomes. They should play in pairs. The rounds would go much faster for TV viewing and also in-person viewing. There’s nothing worse than prolonged rounds for no good reason.
Boca Raton, Fla.
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