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Solheim Cup lives up to family’s vision

Readers talk Solheim Cup and role models for the next generation

Solheim Cup lives up to family’s vision
The vision of the Solheim family was to create a tournament that would celebrate women’s golf at the highest level. I believe that they succeeded beautifully (“Pettersen drops 2 stunners in Solheim Cup,” Sept. 16).

All of the comments about slow play (justified) and terrible weather (also justified) at the Solheim Cup do nothing to dampen the spirits of the competitors and spectators. I agree with reader Gregory Tatoian, that the NBC decision not to broadcast the final day is a disgraceful one (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 17). What happened to the idea of helping women's sport?

Having been a sponsor of women’s golf for years, I am continually confounded by the misogynistic attitude of the TV networks. Slow play is a problem on all tours, especially the women's. That having been said, competition on the women's tour never has been better, and the golf compelling to watch.

The Asians have significantly added to the LPGA tour, just as the Europeans did to the men's tour in the 1970s and ’80s.

The Solheim Cup should reflect the modern tour, just as the Ryder Cup did when it started to include European players, particularly the late Seve Ballesteros.

Paul Sunderland
Los Angeles

Role models for the next generation
To all the pundits out there who know far more than the average golf fan: Can't you just once tip your hat and say well done for women’s golf?

The Solheim Cup matches were well played and full of excitement, with the ending right out of a movie script (“Pettersen drops 2 stunners in Solheim Cup,” Sept. 16). Way to go, women. It doesn't get any better than that.

What a way to excite a lot of little girls who dream of playing professional golf. Sunday went a long way in saying that these girls can play. I'm so happy for women’s golf and all the little golfing girls out there. It goes to show that someday they can do it, too.

Robert Fish
Prescott, Ariz.

Woods should pick himself to ‘get his butt kicked’
I agree with John Hawkins, that the Presidents Cup is nothing more than advertising for the PGA Tour worldwide (“Of course Woods will play Presidents Cup,” Sept. 17).

It’s a real yawn-fest, similar to the Solheim Cup. Watching that, except for the last 30 minutes, was torture.

Patrick Reed should be left off the U.S. team for the Presidents Cup. I would pick Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau and Gary Woodland, with captain Tiger Woods being the fourth pick.

Woods really shouldn’t play, though, and he knows it. He just had surgery on his left knee for the fifth time, and he hasn’t broken an egg since winning the Masters. But he is the draw. No one really cares about any of the other players on either side, except this is in Australia and the fans want an upset. Nothing would be better than to see Woods play and get his butt kicked in every match. That is what can and will happen if he plays. I would watch that; otherwise, I have no interest in the Presidents Cup.

Anthony S. Polakov
Los Angeles

Alternate-shot matches would fit Woods’ game
That was another well-written and thoughtful piece by John Hawkins (“Of course Woods will play Presidents Cup,” Sept. 17).

Hopefully, Tiger Woods will play the minimum matches in the Presidents Cup – maybe all of the alternative-shot matches.

Les Parker
Jacksonville, Fla.

European Tour broadcasters trail U.S. counterparts
I tend to agree with most of read Michael Merrill’s viewing habits, as they are similar to mine (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 17). However, I was amazed to read that one who would appear to love the game and follows it closely say that the European Tour coverage was superior to U.S. broadcasters’, even while complimenting Golf Channel.

The commentary that accompanies European Tour play is frivolous and irrelevant, at best. Announcers commenting on family connections, lunch details or travel hassles might be entertaining to some, but not at the expense of the play underway. The visuals lack graphics detailing yardage and stats.
Club selection or yardage for most shots is rarely, if ever, mentioned.

For those of us who appreciate the minutiae of the play, the European Tour is pathetic. My viewing of the European Tour’s coverage is often in mute mode as I muse over my own voiceover coverage.

Howard Gross
Pefferlaw, Ontario

It’s a tour with only 1 rule: ‘Ready golf,’ or else
Alex Miceli has an opportunity to begin a new tour: the Fast Golf Tour (“Got insomnia? Nod off with Solheim Cup,” Sept. 16).

Golfers will play as fast as they can, ignoring other players, moving ahead of their group, putting out as quickly as possible, treading on putt lines, as necessary, and yelling and cursing, if needed. They would add their score and minutes played for a total low number. Ties would be settled in a boxing match on the putting green.

It could be interesting.

Bob Hart
Odessa, Fla.

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