A tip of the cap to the Hogan legacy
Apparently, the "folks in Camp Ponte Vedra" are tripping all over themselves when a new sponsor shows up and can't figure out that the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit needs stability with a recognizable name that doesn't change every five years. As John Hawkins wrote, commissioner Jay Monahan should have said, "The Korn Ferry Tour? Are you kidding me?" (“Tour flips umbrella sponsorship inside out,” June 24).
Tom Lehman didn't win on the Korn Ferry Tour; he won on the Ben Hogan Tour. Jim Furyk didn't win on the Korn Ferry Tour; he won on the Nike Tour. Zach Johnson didn't win on the Korn Ferry Tour; he won on the Nationwide Tour. It's the same tour, but if you didn't know, you would have to look up who was the sponsor at the time.
Here's an idea for Monahan: The PGA Tour should borrow the marketing strategy from the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. The developmental tour always should have been called the Ben Hogan Tour presented by (insert current sponsor).
A feeder tour with an appetite for change
What is the name of the golf tour that feeds the PGA Tour? I stumped five people on Friday, and only one of them knew what Korn Ferry does (“Tour flips umbrella sponsorship inside out,” June 24).
Umbrella sponsors and tournament sponsors change all the time. Look no further than last week’s tournament near Hartford, Conn. It was the Insurance City Open, the Greater Hartford Open, the Sam Davis Jr. something or other, Canon something, etc.
It’s rare to find a tournament without a sponsorship change. The major championships are in that category.
In life and in golf, change is material to everything. Today, Korn Ferry; tomorrow, who knows? Maybe the Jack in the Box Tour.
Boca Raton, Fla.
PGA Tour’s loss will be LPGA’s gain
After this past weekend of golf, I guess I'll stop watching the PGA Tour and watch only the LPGA.
Evidently, there were only two golfers on the course playing Sunday, and they left a lot to be desired. Chez Reavie played well, but Keegan Bradley was sickening to watch. He couldn't hit a shot without conferring with his caddie on how, where to aim and the distance, and then couldn't make a lot of the shots. I don't know who else was in the tournament, but we didn't get to see them play.
And it's no fun to watch a game in which the leader is 19 or 20 under. That's no challenge at all. And they can waste amazing amounts of time analyzing a shot, then missing it.
I would still like to see them play a local course once, with narrow fairways, tall and thick rough and small greens that require exacting hits to hold. PGA Tour tournaments have become a joke, just like the NBA, with its 10-foot goals, 7-foot players with 3 feet of reach.
I'm going back to watching the LPGA. That's golf at its finest.
Bobby K. Goforth
Go deeper on leaderboard
When I woke up on Sunday morning, I turned on Golf Channel and watched the European Tour.
On the detail box for each golfer showing his score, what shot he was shooting on the hole, distance to the flag, etc., his current position in the field also was displayed. This is very interesting because often when networks show the leaderboard, you rarely get past the first page of scores or the top 10.
When I watched the Travelers Championship, CBS had the same box, but the golfer’s position in the field was not displayed. The only time the position was displayed was when the golfer was the leader or co-leader.
CBS and Golf Channel could tweak their boxes to display the same information as the European Tour does for each golfer. When the European broadcast scrolls down the leaderboard, it shows all golfers’ positions in the field.
The information is available but not displayed. You can know exactly where your favorite golfers are in the field.
River Ridge, La.