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Solheim Cup fan finds relevance at Gleneagles

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Solheim Cup fan finds relevance at Gleneagles
Regarding Mike Purkey's comments about the Solheim Cup (“Also-rans mar Solheim Cup as irrelevant,” Sept. 10): After spending three amazing days at Gleneagles in Scotland, I beg to differ.

How can a contest for women's golf, with more than 100,000 people attending, be “irrelevant”? The fairways were packed. The crowds were friendly and respectful to one another and to the players. The quality of the golf was superb, and the outcome wasn't known until the last putt, creating a tension in the air and laughter between both sides of spectators that they had to keep catching their breath (“Pettersen drops 2 stunners in Solheim Cup,” Sept. 16).

As I was trudging (yes, trudging, because the walk was slow due to the crowds) from hole to hole, I wondered perhaps whether Purkey thought relevancy was bestowed only by some expert. By Purkey?

Relevancy is created in the moment. This moment for women's golf was an eruption of excitement and goodwill. It was an appreciation of old and new talent, played on a difficult course and watched by a sophisticated crowd. People were thrilled to have children there, and they said so, regardless of which side they were on.

As the LPGA has said of women's golf, "It's different out here." Yes, it is, and I think Purkey missed the point.

Robin Dea
Vancouver, Wash.

NBC whiffs while Europe wins big
NBC refused even to broadcast the Solheim Cup singles. That is how much respect the network has for women's golf.

The course setup at Gleneagles was short, with the hope that there would be a lot more birdies, which there weren't. The weather in Scotland was terrible, which Europe was counting on.

It was a storybook ending for Europe.

I hope the American women don't try to play the Koreans in some kind of Presidents Cup version. It would be a total wipeout.

Gregory Tatoian
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Equal points would level playing field on PGA Tour
Every PGA Tour event – the major championships, World Golf Championships and the tournaments opposite the WGC events – should carry the same number of FedEx Cup points. That way, there would be a level playing field for everyone to make it to the finals and to have an unbiased path to the Player of the Year Award (“Even Putin wouldn’t OK Tour’s secret vote,” Sept. 13).

The current system, with 60 or so playing for 550 points in a WGC event while 144 are playing for 300 at the Barracuda Championship, is the rich getting richer.

It might even help some of these lesser events attract stronger fields.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

Perhaps Tour sent a special delivery to FedEx
The constant blather about the PGA Tour’s player of the year is getting weary (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 16). Because the Tour chose to keep the vote secret, perhaps it was a tie and the commissioner decided to award his mega-bucks sponsors with the winner of the 30-player invitational the award, just to make FedEx feel like a limited-field event meant something other than a cash grab.

I spent way more time following the Solheim Cup than the end-of-the-season PGA Tour money grab.

Garen Eggleston
The Villages, Fla.

Cutting through the chatter on TV
The dialogue on golf telecasts has gone from good to constantly getting worse. Whose fault is it that the commentators never shut up: theirs or the producers?

Golf Channel does a better job than the other networks. The European Tour does a lot better by showing more golf shots and not running off at the mouth so much, as the American announcers do.

My golf viewing consists of mute and fast forward through commercials and those split-screen things. I will listen to some player interviews, depending on the interviewer. Sometimes the question lies somewhere within a large paragraph, but it can be hard to determine what it is. Player answers clearly show that many times they didn't understand what it was, either.

Michael Merrill
McKinney, Texas

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