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Daly should live with his choice
I disagree with Alex Miceli on this one (“In telling Daly to take a hike, R&A trips,” July 8).

It is about John Daly abusing his body and doing nothing to repair it. Many touring pros have had hip and knee replacements over the years so that they could continue their careers. If Daly doesn't want to get his arthritic right knee repaired, that's his decision.

For those such as Casey Martin who have no choice to repair, it is entirely a different matter. The R&A made the right call on this one. The only one who suffers is Daly, due to his own choice.

Michael Merrill
McKinney, Texas


Miceli offers balanced report about Daly caper
Alex Miceli wrote an excellent article on the John Daly cart denial (“In telling Daly to take a hike, R&A trips,” July 8).

What I love the best in his writing is that as I read and muster my arguments against his positions, he then addresses those arguments before I can reply with them in a complete, balanced report.

I couldn’t care less about Daly, as he is a train wreck. He's responsible for his ailments based on his chosen lifestyle.

I know that it takes more out of me to walk a course than to take a cart. Where does it end? Do you allow sled hockey players in the NHL? Change offside rules in soccer for a player with an artificial leg who can't run back to get onside as easily?

We can always find the ridiculous in anything. Unfortunately, in the participation-trophy generation, anything is possible.

Thanks to Miceli for keeping us on our toes and presenting several arguments.

Tom Boland
Northborough, Mass.


Daly has only himself to blame
I love Alex Miceli’s broadcasts, columns and almost 100-percent correct judgments, but I side with the R&A on this one (“In telling Daly to take a hike, R&A trips,” July 8).

I agree with the Casey Martin case, but I also agree with the R&A’s ruling that prohibits John Daly from playing the British Open with a cart. (I also agree with the Champions Tour’s long tradition of allowing the over-50 guys to use carts.)

Almost everyone 50 and older has arthritis – the degeneration of cushioning tissue around bone joints – of the hips, knees and the many vertebrae in the back. Daly’s arthritis in his right knee is in large part due to age, and most certainly it is aggravated and accelerated by his terrible overweight problem, and by continuing to walk golf courses while grossly overweight.

Golf is a sport and should continue to depend on physical fitness as well as skill. Granting exceptions because of physical frailties that are attributed to age and lifestyle choices is not healthy for the game.

Jon O’Rourke
Vienna, Va.


Daly and Miceli need help
Infinitely more deserving golfers should have an opportunity to play in the British Open than John Daly, who has squandered his talents with booze, drugs, etc., and now requires a wheelchair/cart (“In telling Daly to take a hike, R&A trips,” July 8).

Alex Miceli needs to have someone edit his copy before publishing, even though he is the publisher.

Kitty Russell
Houston


Attaboy, Miceli
As usual, Alex Miceli is spot on (“In telling Daly to take a hike, R&A trips,” July 8).

I’m thankful that we have him writing about golf.

Daniel Wiggins
Ellenton, Fla.


Consider entire picture for PGA Tour earnings
The other side of the coin is that there needs to be a tournament field for the winner to beat (“PGA Tour goes too far in spreading wealth,” July 9). Victories lead to glamour and potential endorsements, so in total, non-winners such as Patrick Rodgers or seldom-winners such as Charles Howell III do not out-earn their performances.

Salaried athletes in team sports have some income and security. Former PGA Tour commissioners Deane Beman and Tim Finchem worked hard to provide similar opportunities for those able to make cuts consistently.

The present system works fine. It does not need to be more top-heavy. We have the World Golf Championships and other exclusive events providing the benefit that Alex Miceli implies is needed.

John Conley
Edina, Minn.


Golfers must earn their pay
Among the many problems with Alex Miceli’s position to give more purse money to the winner of a tournament at the expense of other players is ignoring the fact that golf is the only major sport in which players earn money based solely on performance (“PGA Tour goes too far in spreading wealth,” July 9).

Golfers don't have team contracts that pay them, win or lose. Also, they have to pay their own way to play.

Robert Reilly
Latham, N.Y.


Index pay to strength of field
Regarding Alex Miceli’s article on player payouts: interesting (“PGA Tour goes too far in spreading wealth,” July 9).

I do wonder though, when you look at sports such as baseball, basketball and, to a degree, football, many of the not-too-great players are making big bucks. Some of these guys are making ridiculous money and are just limping along.

I agree that reapportionment would be helpful, and I also support the concept of not automatically giving all the props (Masters, Open, Players, etc.) to low-tier-event winners where there is a low-ranked field. Why not say that to get these props, there has to be at least 10 top-25 players in the field?

Chuck Rhoades
Ocala, Fla.


Miceli, a great satirist?
I read with a great deal of glee Alex Miceli’s latest missive about winning golfers not making enough money (“PGA Tour goes too far in spreading wealth,” July 9).

I’m still laughing.

I love his sardonic wit and droll sense of humor. I even loved his comparison of golf with professional tennis, which is a topic for another letter to the Morning Read inbox (MRI) at some future time.

I’ll bet there were even some readers of your inbox who thought he was dead serious: the mark of a great satirist!

Keep ’em coming, Alex. I love ya!

Bruce Johnson
Ames, Iowa


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