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Bryson DeChambeau’s misplaced messaging

After Bay Hill winner ticks off long list of sponsors and fails to tip his logoed cap to runner-up, reader suggests Ryder Cup payback

I tuned in to see the result of the Arnold Palmer tournament and caught Bryson DeChambeau's interview on the 18th green (“Bryson DeChambeau authors Arnie-like victory at Bay Hill,” March 8).

After a long list of sponsors and name-dropping Tiger Woods by DeChambeau, it would have been a big move forward in his reputation if he could have given a gracious word for the runner-up, who gave him 20 years and pushed him right to the final stroke.

One thing I am sure of, though: I might have taken slight offense at the omission, but Lee Westwood won’t have.

Ryder Cup opening singles match, anyone?

Terry Wall
Winchester, England

Nick Faldo should listen to Mama Nenos
My mama used to say to me all the time, “If you don't have anything nice to say about something, then don't say anything at all.”

I can remember to this day watching Arnold Palmer’s funeral on TV and seeing tears in the eyes of Rickie Fowler. He took his Ryder Cup trophy to Palmer's funeral in Latrobe, Pa. Rickie Fowler is one of the most endearing members of the PGA Tour. 

Nick Faldo, do your new golf shoes really add 7 yards to your drives? At least Rickie Fowler’s commercial appearances are authentic ("From the Morning Read inbox," March 8).

Rickie Fowler is going through a rough patch, just like Jordan Spieth has endured. Do we beat up on someone when he is down? No.

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We affirm someone, not sarcastically, but genuinely to boost his or her morale. I hope that Nick Faldo has learned a valuable lesson. 

Tom Nenos
River Ridge, La.

An alternative to Paige Spiranac’s tweet
Paige Spiranac’s suggestion on Twitter that golfers should get free drops from fairway divots reeks of petty complaining.

I have a better suggestion.

When I was a teenager and caddying at a local country club, it was a requirement for the caddie to round up his player's divot and replace it in its previous spot and step on it to ensure root-to-soil contact so it would re-root within 24 hours. Then, the caddie would run to catch up with his player before the next shot.

The caddies on the PGA Tour are well-compensated for what little they do: lining up putts, giving unneeded shot advice, etc.

Bobby Goforth
Bristol, Tenn.

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