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John Wooden or Dottie Pepper?
I want to query John Hawkins’ evaluation of John Wooden as “the highest on the right track analyst in golf right now.” (“John Wooden, Golf’s Finest On-Course TV Analyst, Has His Eyes Extensive Open,” Aug. 2)
I imagine Dottie Pepper to be the perfect on-course analyst in golf right now. She is educated, candid and tells it like it’s. She could be very well-prepared, doesn’t overstate the plain, and is a pleasure to hearken to. Sadly Dottie’s coworkers drag her down a bit compared to Wooden’s coworkers, which for my part are way more fascinating to hearken to. I get pleasure from Wooden’s commentary an ideal deal and his enthusiasm might trump Dottie’s, however I don’t essentially agree with John Hawkins’ evaluation as to who’s the perfect.
Analyzing LIV Golf As … Golf
Very pleasant article, particularly your evaluation of LIV Golf (“So, Is LIV Golf Any Good? Here is An Evaluation After Three Occasions,” July 31). I am following LIV golf fairly rigorously, and up to now, I discover it to be entertaining as a result of there are a lot of “identify” gamers who’ve made the transfer to LIV. Dustin Johnson is vital to its success together with his “matter of reality” solutions to the same old hot-button questions, and he is taking part in properly.
The PGA Tour’s suspension of the LIV gamers was a mistake. If the suspension doesn’t maintain up in court docket, (PGA Tour Commissioner Jay) Monahan ought to resign, and his alternative ought to sit down with the LIV operatives and work this example out. The PGA Tour desires to be the one horse within the rodeo.
For me, the Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup have misplaced a lot of their luster as a result of former Ryder Cup gamers, from each side of the pond, are actually taking part in within the LIV occasions.
George Bevan Jr.
New Meadows, Idaho
I preserve seeing that the LIV’s pro-ams are closed to the general public however haven’t seen anybody clarify why that is the case. It might be fascinating to seek out out why it is a coverage.
Social media feedback are full of people that have determined that others are “boomers” or “outdated heads” for supporting the PGA Tour over the supposedly younger-skewing LIV Tour. But, these similar LIV backers appeared actually fired up a couple of attainable broadcast sales space of golf commentary fossils like McCord and Feherty plus a drained Charles Barkley.
As a Massachusetts native, please do not simply settle for LIV’s promos that it has an occasion in Boston, it doesn’t. The September occasion is in Bolton, a sleepy, rural city with a inhabitants simply over 5,000 about 45 minutes away. Nobody associates Bolton with Boston, identical to nobody thinks the Foxborough-based New England Patriots play in Boston (a half-hour away) or TPC Boston is in Boston (45 minutes away), irrespective of what number of exterior pictures of Boston are proven on tv.
The Presidents Cup Captain Speaks
For almost all of my 62 years, I’ve believed in, and lived by conventional means. I perceive the custom of the PGA Tour. What I don’t perceive is why the PGA Tour thinks it’s the sole arbiter of golf, and who will get to play the sport. I simply learn Davis Love’s feedback, and what I took away from it was what a cry child. (“‘You Cannot Persuade Them:’ U.S. Group Captains Preventing Tide of PGA Tour Defectors,” July 29.) He actually desires to boycott the U.S. Open as a result of a few of the eligible gamers are on a distinct tour?
The PGA Tour doesn’t personal golf prefer it apparently thinks it does. Why are they so afraid of competitors? I’ve heard the arguments about Saudi cash and the historical past there. We do enterprise with every kind of horrible folks and international locations on a regular basis. It looks as if selective outrage to me.
Walker, West Virginia
You are on One Aspect Or the Different
What I discover fascinating is the dearth of “different” opinions concerning LIV. Principally it’s all unhealthy. No in-between.
The mindset that LIV wants a legit TV deal is from the “get off my garden man.” Individuals below the age of 40 will not be turning on their fundamental cable to observe the CBS telecast. And there are extra methods to observe than simply YouTube. Streaming isn’t even the wave of the future–it’s now. Take the case of the Open streamed on Peacock and the Open web site. No actual have to tune into NBC or the Golf Channel.
Positive, the LIV broadcast is a bit excessive, they’ll at all times tone it down. The query is can the others flip it up?
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San Antonio, Texas
I personally assume LIV Golf is an efficient factor. As a golf fan, the extra golf I can watch the higher. The LIV format is nice and I like the concept of watching golf with out foolish commercials and meaningless commentary.
The hypocrisy from these criticizing the funding sources of LIV Golf is laughable. This are the identical folks sporting Nike gear made within the largest sweatshops on this planet, with youngster labor, and in an equally disgraceful regime, the Communist Chinese language Get together. So, they’ll spare me the outrage and I’ll have a bit extra respect for them.
All this might have been averted, however the PGA Tour and its greediness didn’t allowed it. The PGA Tour or the DP World Tour don’t personal skilled golf, however they do act as they need to be the one sport on the town.
Hector R. Fernandez
To paraphrase a line from James Carville, it’s the format, silly.
For detractors of LIV Golf, “sport-washing,” whereas extremely unethical, is a tricky promote, notably in America, a rustic awash in racism, misogyny, and off-the-charts gun violence. However shotgun begins (why, precisely?), 54-hole tournaments, participation trophies (gobs of money even for ending final) and a carnival ambiance isn’t skilled golf, sorry Greg.
La Quinta, California
I’m saddened by this LIV golf league, particularly the truth that it’s backed by the Saudis. It disgusts me that they’re paying hundreds of thousands for guys to only present up. They don’t even should carry out! How ludicrous is that?! They’re bringing in additional guys, so what does that do to their 48-man area? They’re going to begin relegating the underside guys. Does that imply they must return a few of their cash, or can they only sit again and chill out and watch the present?
It could be nice for the golfers who’re pocketing the large bucks, however I personally don’t assume it’s good for golf.
North Fort Myers, Florida
I preserve studying and listening to from the traditionalists that “nobody is greater than the sport.”
You realize what? Neither are the organizations that run the professional excursions. The PGA and DP Tour lords have to get off their excessive horses and work with the gamers to determine how one can work with LIV.
Save the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup by figuring out an answer as an alternative of being obstinate. “My approach or the freeway” often by no means works, in enterprise or in life.