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Next fashion trend: ‘What Would Alex Do’ bracelets
Morning Read's moralist/ethicist Alex Miceli once again has shown me the light (“In telling Daly to take a hike, R&A trips,” July 8). I actually thought that the PGA of America had erred in allowing John Daly to play from a golf cart in its championship, but after reading that the R&A had chosen not to allow Daly the same courtesy in the upcoming British Open at Royal Portrush, I am questioning my own enlightenment.

Miceli may have overlooked the fact that the R&A is located in Britain and that any U.S. Supreme Court ruling here has no influence on decisions reached overseas. He makes the case that Casey Martin, a golfer who actually was disabled, was allowed in 2001 to use a cart to make his argument that Daly should be given the same accommodation. Aside from the fact that both men are golfers, there is nothing else that the two have in common.

Thousands of Americans have degenerative arthritis in their knees. In fact, there is a name for the condition: osteoarthritis. The condition can be treated with partial or total knee-replacement surgery. Osteoarthritis doesn't happen overnight, and Daly, like the rest of us who have had it and have had the surgery to correct it, has made a conscious decision about whether to have the surgery or not. If Daly wants to play golf on the PGA Tour, he needs to be physically capable to play on it. The fact that he isn't was his own decision.

Miceli tells us that the R&A is "excusing abhorrent behavior in denying a disabled person a reasonable accommodation." Perhaps instead of moralizing about how the rest of us should behave, Miceli should advocate for changing the exemption until age 60 for past winners or at least encourage an old guy such as Daly to get the knee fixed before trying to play in an event that by Miceli's own admission he won't be playing past Friday.

Alex has made me aware that my own behavior has been abhorrent and that I need to learn to think and act in a more compassionate way. My WWAD bracelet is on the way, and I expect it to help point me toward a more enlightened, compassionate me.

Craig Gigax
Fishers, Ind.

ADA has no place in top-level sports
John Daly has no “right” to use a cart in the British Open (“In telling Daly to take a hike, R&A trips,” July 8). The question was litigated to the Supreme Court in the U.S., and here, he was found to have that “right.” Apparently, it has not yet been litigated in the U.K., so he does not have it there. The rest is a public-relations decision by the R&A.

By definition, SCOTUS is right in the U.S., because the court is the final arbiter here, but I still find that decision to be offensive. The Americans With Disabilities Act was designed for regular citizens, not for championship-level tournament sports competitors.

Charles Peterson
Keller, Texas

Daly’s prospects at Open? Fat chance
I was at a store recently and I identified two different groups of people who were using the store-provided scooters. There were people who were recovering from injuries or had long-term walking issues. The other group were people who were morbidly obese.

Although it is politically incorrect, we should be encouraging the second group of people not to use these scooters and to walk more.

Similarly, with John Daly, we should be encouraging him to lose the 150-plus pounds that he needs to lose (“In telling Daly to take a hike, R&A trips,” July 8). On the Champions Tour, he has shown that he still can play superb golf, but his stamina is not there. If he were fitter, he could make the cut at the British Open.

I applaud the R&A for its decision.

David Fulton
Parsippany, N.J.

The PGA Tour’s slippery slope
The day that the PGA Tour decides to allow potheads on tour, that's the day I'll quit watching all together (“Tour’s drug policy has rings attached to it,” July 8).

That's not a good example. Are they going to encourage drug use at The First Tee programs?

This is a quadruple bogey waiting to happen.

As a retired law-enforcement officer, I didn't fight this garbage for 30 years to see it creeping into golf or any other sport. It is not fashionable; it is dangerous.

Hector Fernandez
Lake Placid, N.Y.

PGA Tour finds itself in a good place, indeed
What a firecracker of a weekend in golf. The LPGA went low, the Europeans went low, and we had Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa not flinching nor giving an inch at the 3M Open … and by the way, going low, too (“Keeping score,” July 8).

What a dramatic result. Is the PGA Tour in a good place? Oh, very much so.

Sometimes, the Korn Ferry Tour is not necessary. The two kids duking it out Sunday in the final group at the 3M Open have a combined time on earth that is a full 18 years less than another player in the field, 60-year-old Tom Lehman.

Wolff, the winner, and co-runner-up Morikawa are fresh out of college golf and ready to accept the challenge of a Sunday afternoon finish on the PGA Tour, and having fun doing so. Both performed beyond even conventional exceptional thinking. Coming on the heels of Nate Lashley's emotional victory the week before, wow.

I was glued Sunday afternoon to the 3M Open. Two kids with totally differing swings, firing brilliant rounds. Only about 2 inches prevented them from what would have been a playoff for the ages.

Oh, yes, the PGA Tour is in a young, fantastic place.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

LPGA players deserve to face a stronger challenge
Shame on the LGPA for thinking that by making the Thornberry Creek course so easy that it is promoting women's golf (“Keeping score,” July 8).

These women are very good, but at least give them a challenge. That setup was so easy, with soft greens and short par 5s. It was a joke.

Gregory Tatoian
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Looking for swing tips in all the wrong places
Reader John Fischer has it right (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 8).

Ninety-five percent of Morning Read followers would have much better success trying to copy Shanshan Feng’s swing than they would trying to copy Matthew Wolff’s.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

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