Letters to the Editor

Golf no cakewalk these days

Re July 16 letter by Thomas Brennan, "Golf out of compelling players"

While I respect Mr. Brennan's opinion that the younger PGA tour players are not as "exciting" or "charismatic" to watch as the older players were, I take exception to the analogy of his comments.

He states that the younger players are "robotic perfectionists." This would mean that they can hit every fairway, every green in regulation and make every putt. This is not happening. The courses have become more difficult to play than yesteryear, and the competition is fierce to score well below par in order to win tournaments and stay on tour. They are human athletes not robots.

He states that the younger players show no appreciation for their sponsors by not mentioning or promoting them while being interviewed during tournament telecasts. I think that the television networks and the PGA Tour do not want players to promote their sponsors because it would be inappropriate. The sponsors pay for commercials with their players using their equipment. Sponsors are realizing millions of dollars annually from the sale of their merchandise by way of the players' endorsement.

He states that the younger players on tour are "rich, pampered phenoms." I don't know many of their backgrounds, but being a phenom does not happen overnight. These players worked very hard in their early years to construct a golf game in order to compete on tour. I am sure that many of their parents are not "rich" and sacrificed a great deal to provide them with a golf education.

He states that these players do not interact with the spectators outside of the ropes. How does he know this? Does he attend all the tournaments, or is he a soothsayer?

I am in no way rebuking the older players in favor of younger players, because they all have, throughout the years, provided me with a great deal of entertainment.

Mr. Brennan should direct his attention to another sport with younger, exciting, "charismatic" players. I suggest hockey or soccer where the players brutalize each other.

The writer lives in Conway.