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Whistled for traveling
Steph Curry recently unveiled his Under Armour golf collection in China. Didn't Curry say in 2017 that he wouldn't go to the White House with his NBA-champion Golden State Warriors because he was critical about President Donald Trump's policies and rhetoric?

What policies are you talking about, Curry? Are you critical of his hard stance against China because it affects your bank account? Or are you critical of him because you don't think he's done enough for low-wage workers in the United States? If so, why didn't Under Armour and you manufacture and unveil your line in the U.S.?

And he wants to accuse the president of rhetoric.

Maybe the China Tour can give Curry exemptions to play in its events, and the U.S. tour sponsors can use his slots to give to more deserving and qualified American professionals.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.


Spieth incident merely spotlights human frailty
It seems to me that a good player/caddie relationship is like a marriage (“Thrown for a loop by emotional baggage,” June 25). We all say some stupid things to our spouses that we want to take back before they’re even fully out of our mouths. We know better before even saying it. Maybe it makes us feel a little better for that split second. Or we need to vent. Fortunately for most of us, we’re not on national TV.

Jordan Spieth is seen as such a nice guy and Boy Scout that folks are shocked when something comes from him. It’s time to move on. Until Spieth gets back to his winning ways, this will happen again. We’re all only human.

Tom Boland
Northborough, Mass.


Spieth and Guldahl: A Dallas duo
I’ve always been a huge fan of Jordan Spieth’s, and still am (“Thrown for a loop by emotional baggage,” June 25).

Here’s a prediction: Spieth will be the Ralph Guldahl of modern golf. Coincidentally, they’re both from Dallas.

Donnie Blanks
Jupiter, Fla.


What’s keeping PGA Tour from selling its name?
Why has the PGA Tour itself never had a sponsor with naming rights? It would be the first of the major North American leagues (“Tour flips umbrella sponsorship inside out,” June 24).

I acknowledge that the “playoffs” are sponsored by FedEx, but I needed to stop to recall this and do not associate the PGA Tour with FedEx significantly more than many of its tournament sponsors.

Perhaps the answer is that it would be alienating or cannibalizing its individual tournament sponsors. But money talks.

Mike Kukelko
Oak Bluff, Manitoba


Hawkins hits the mark
John Hawkins was – can I say it? – right on the money (“Tour flips umbrella sponsorship inside out,” June 24).

John T. Doyle
Lakeland, Fla.


Don’t let Teamsters ruin a good thing in Detroit
It's apparent that neither the current leadership nor membership of this organization that are employed at Detroit Golf Club are familiar with what the UAW and the Teamsters have accomplished in the past 25 years to destroy not only the auto industry but the city of Detroit and the reputation of the state of Michigan as well.

Now, after a lot of people who care about and have truly invested in the state and locale have worked tirelessly to bring a PGA Tour event back to Detroit, which can only work to enhance the reputation and future of the area (“Motor City shifts into gear for PGA Tour,” June 25), these idiots are attempting to hold the event hostage (“In the news,” June 25).

The Teamsters hierarchy who are synonymous with graft, corruption, violence and direct associations with organized crime are once again going to use the national spotlight to line their own pockets. Ask any of the rank-and-file at Detroit Golf Club if they are aware of the history of the Central States Pension Fund. So, my suggestion is to strike away, and good luck finding gainful employment elsewhere in Detroit. More crooked unions, less chance for real job growth – real job growth defined as anything that pays more than minimum wage.

I am a big fan of the state of Michigan. I was born there, lived there through my formative years, finished college and still have relatives in the metro Detroit area. I'm tired of seeing the state get trashed, and unions continue to do more damage than good.

Dave Parske
Fort Myers, Fla.


Another take on ‘One Take’
If Alex Miceli insists on doing his shtick in one take, he is going to get some things wrong (“One Take With Alex Miceli,” June 25). Hannah Green won the KPMG PGA Championship. Heather green is a color.

Ginny Kavanagh
St. Augustine, Fla.


Less would be more with pros
I walked alongside Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin when they had their memorable matches in the 1969 Ryder Cup. I was quite impressed when Nicklaus took a 7-iron from 150 yards. That was the club I would have taken. When I saw the flight, I realized the difference, as the ball climbed over the green, seemed to stall, and dropped softly 4 feet from the pin. Mine would have needed 20 yards’ run between the bunkers. Nowadays, I take a third off the distance a tour pro is from the green as a fair comparison: Brooks Koepka's 210-yard club is almost exactly the same as mine, from 140.

I do think the equipment has changed the game significantly, and not just for professionals. The young guys I play against have learned to swing with total confidence; thanks to the huge driver faces, they learn very quickly that they almost never get mis-hits, and this attitude helps with their ball-striking with all clubs. We learned to play when golf was more of a precision-striking game. No worries, though. It's usually off handicap, and the short game is king.

The authorities recognized a problem with spring-faced drivers and banned those that gave too much assistance. This was irrelevant, though costly, for those of us with our old swing speeds of 90-100 mph, and the same now applies to the golf balls. Only those well over 100 mph can compress the balls as intended, but the ball then provides huge distance gains, so it does favor the more modern swing considerably.

So, if the driver face can be modified, causing many expensive pieces of equipment to be abandoned, surely the ball can be changed. After all, what's the cost? You'll just use up your old ones and replace with the new. The pro game would gain in excitement if the longest drives were below 300 yards. It makes no difference to the viewers. We just see where the ball lands, which would bring those fairway hazards back into play on the great old courses.

Terry Wall
Winchester, England


A better way to play
On Monday, I got to watch some enjoyable golf. I watched parts of the Champions Tour’s American Family Insurance Championship. Not once during the time I was glued to TV set did I see a player confer with his caddie before performing a shot. Not once did I see a caddie lining up a putt, nor the player wasting time analyzing a putt from 10 different directions, which most miss anyway because they talk themselves out of the stroke.

I did get to see John Daly send a shot into the clubhouse veranda behind the green, only to see it ricochet back out onto the green for a short putt. Golf at its best.

Bobby Goforth
Bristol, Tenn.


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