Competitors need to earn spots in British Open
Alex Miceli bemoans the fact that young PGA Tour players Matthew Wolff, Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland will not appear in the British Open this week, even though Wolff has a tournament victory and Hovland is the reigning U.S. Amateur champion (“Some future stars won’t be seen at Open,” July 15).
Miceli notes that Wolff’s win at the 3M Open automatically qualifies him for the Masters and that Hovland lost his automatic exemption to the British Open when he turned professional. Yes, it would be nice to see them at Royal Portrush, but they need to earn it.
PGA Tour winners do not automatically qualify for the U.S. Open, and Hovland knew that he was giving up his exemption when he turned pro. As for Morikawa, he came close at the 3M but did not win.
If these young tour stars want to play in the British Open, they need to earn their spot, not have it handed to them.
What is Miceli thinking?
Why in the world does Alex Miceli think that PGA Tour winners should get so much money? (“PGA Tour goes too far in spreading wealth,” July 9).
The players are pampered. There were more than 100 players last year who earned more than $1 million from tournaments, and that’s not counting their endorsement money. It seems to me that Miceli should be asking why the players don’t do more to help promote the game, give to charities, and help their sponsors promote their golf tournaments.
Talking about the winner’s share of the L.A. Open in 1960 and the tournaments that followed and comparing it with today is like comparing apples with oranges. The PGA Tour is big business, and giving more money to winners is not the way to expand its business.
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