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Errant shots are hardly kid’s stuff for fans
Unfortunately, changes typically aren’t made until tragedy strikes (“Risk rises as fans squeeze close to action,” June 27).

Dan O’Neill’s article reminded me of a PGA Tour event where an infant in a stroller was almost struck by an errant shot. I remember reading an article about this and comments that followed blaming the mother for bringing the child to a Tour event, but I have to admit that I was surprised this was even allowed.

I’m not sure what Tour policy is, but if current policy does allow infants in strollers to enter the grounds during a competition, it should be changed immediately.

Jake Doty
Leesburg, Fla.
(Doty is the director of golf at Arlington Ridge Golf Club in Leesburg.)

(Editor’s note: According to the PGA Tour’s 2019 list of prohibited and permitted items, baby strollers are allowed at tournaments but are subject to being searched.)

Compared with NBC, Fox is just a lot of noise
I agree with reader Mike Nixon’s assessment, as I feel the same about the noise and I hate the fact that Fox runs all of these USGA tournaments (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 1). They’re terrible.

Fox has these guys who are not golf analysts constantly talking and not showing golf. Fox can’t follow the golf ball.

It’s just a shame that NBC didn’t get the contract.

Paul Boudreau
Cartersville, Ga.

That ‘noise’ from Fox sounds better than Nantz
Regarding reader Mike Nixon’s anti-Fox feelings: I really like the views that Fox gives us, usually much better quality than most others (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 1).

The noise factor that Nixon dislikes are the sounds the people there hear. I find it to be much better than our dear friend Jim Nantz of CBS trying to add flowery words, whisper things to be epic and, quite frankly, overkill on every shot or bounce.

I found Fox’s broadcast of the U.S. Senior Open to be great but with no drama due to Steve Stricker’s blowing the doors off the course.

As in most things, beauty is in each beholder’s eyes.

Garen Eggleston
The Villages, Fla.

Reader gives Fox the silent treatment
I wholeheartedly agree with Mike Nixon’s letter regarding the noise on the Fox coverage of the Senior U.S. Open, and other tournaments (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 1).

I became so irritated with the noise that I finally muted the sound and watched in silent bliss. I couldn’t hear, or understand, three-fourths of what was said because of the noise. Birds, I can handle, but the traffic noise was way too irritating.

Get with it, Fox. You’re losing viewers.

Mandy Stewart
Bartlesville, Okla.

A plea for Fox to put a muzzle on it
I agree with reader Mike Nixon about how aggravating the background noises are on the Fox broadcasts of some of the network’s most important golf tournaments, the most recent being the U.S. Senior Open (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 1).

Someone said they include these irritating noises to give the viewer the feeling of being at the tournament. I have been to many tournaments, and while you may hear some noises occasionally, the noises don't dominate the play as they do on the Fox broadcast. Surely other people have noticed.

One of the worst, most irritating noises is the droning, nonstop noise of the blimp flying overhead. It is so bad that sometimes it sounds as if Fox’s microphone is aboard the blimp. At the recent Senior Open, it sounded like someone left a microphone lying next to a generator.

The crowd noises should not include individual conversations or shouting from the gallery. The birds chirping sometimes are so loud that they appear to be a sound effect. The numerous sound effects are not just background but drown out the announcers.

Can't something be done?

Bobby Brown
Hattiesburg, Miss.

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