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Solheim slam annoys but doesn’t surprise reader; Another thumbs-up for regions in Solheim Cup

From the Morning Read Inbox readers respond to recent articles surrounding the Solheim Cup and derogatory statements about particular players

Solheim slam annoys but doesn’t surprise reader
I shouldn’t be surprised that the one time when Morning Read writes something about women’s golf that it is filled with derogatory statements about particular players, teams and the Solheim Cup format (“Also-rans mar Solheim Cup as irrelevant,” Sept. 10).

Did it ever occur to writer Mike Purkey that attitudes such as his are one of the reasons why many women do not feel comfortable taking up the game?

The U.S. Tennis Association has programs that treat men and women equally. And the USTA pro tournaments do the same, including equal prize money at the U.S. Open. Maybe that’s why their participation numbers continue to go up while golf’s numbers go down.

Betsy Larey
St. Paul, Minn.
(Larey is an LPGA teaching professional.)

Another thumbs-up for regions in Solheim Cup
The LPGA has done a wonderful job over the past few years in spreading its tournaments around the world. The tour truly is making women’s golf a global sport in which many fans from around the world can watch matches in their backyards. They are not following the PGAs (American, European, Asian, Japanese, etc).

I saw one idea from Wednesday’s Morning Read that had regions compete against one another in the Solheim Cup (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 11).

I could see this being a round-robin tournament among four regions, with each region having eight players. Thirty-two players in all, and each player competes in every session. Use one course, and each competition plays three sessions (one four-ball match, one foursomes match and the final match in singles).

Bill Martin
Quitman, Texas

‘Cash grab’ begins anew this week
“When the hurly-burly's done, when the battle’s lost and won,” Shakespeare wrote in Macbeth. Yep, it's all over, and wasn't it exciting? Rory McIlroy is richer than ever, and he is the PGA Tour’s player of the year. But who cares because it’s not over – the new season already has started!

Well, it will start on Thursday, and boy am I excited about the fabulous fall . . . sorry; I dozed off there . . . season. Yes, golf is played every day, I mean week, of the year, and you know what? That's too much. OK, there are two off weeks, but really the fall season just doesn't seem like it's worth it. Can there be too much of a good thing? Well, yes, when a number of events aren't that good of a thing.

I understand that the PGA Tour is providing opportunity to the less well-known members, but eventually it all just seems like a cash grab by guys who even at the B-squad level hardly will need it.

I'll start watching about the time they return from Hawaii and the real Tour begins. Besides, that's when my fantasy league starts.

Blaine Walker
St. Paul, Minn.

If it was good enough for Honest Abe …
The letter from LuAnne Frus is the most narrow and bigoted viewpoint I have read in years (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 11).

As a proud bearded golfer for 44 years, I must say that I have never encountered people, and especially children, shying away from me because I have some hair on my face. I do my best to appreciate people I meet on and off the golf course based on who they are and not how they look.

Would Frus have us all wear uniforms as well and have a pre-round inspection for appropriate personal presentation? Memory tells me that one of the most revered American presidents sported a beard. It seems to me that Abraham Lincoln did all right.

Baird Heide
Bradford, Ontario

Face facts about unshaven golfers and society
Reader LuAnne Frus should watch the sport, not the looks of the participants (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 11). She should not care.

This is 2019, and folks are wearing torn clothing to church. The cook at her favorite restaurant might have a foot-long beard. And, hockey players have real people at home who love them.

Jim Nyssen
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Hidden message behind Tour players’ vote
Forget about who should have won the PGA Tour’s player of the year. My biggest take from this vote is that the other players – Rory McIlroy’s and Brooks Koepka’s peers – voted for McIlroy over Koepka.

Does their vote say more about their feelings toward Koepka? Koepka appeared to us on the outside to be the overwhelming favorite. But he lost, probably for some reason other than his record.

It sounds like November 2016.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

A few weeks ago, I sent in a harsh assessment of Brooks Koepka related to his antics over the past year, including his vacation photos and ESPN The Magazine appearance (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 26). I thought he was tiresome, at best.

Maybe his fellow pros feel the same way, given the PGA Tour’s player-of-the-year results.

Congratulations to Rory McIlroy. Class will win out.

Tom Rice
Stamford, Conn.

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