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Golf Australia Express : Issue 48—PGA Championship
SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE WEEK YOUR THOUGHTS... LET'S COMPARE GOLF TO tennis. They are both individual sports played all around the world. Both have major tournaments, too. Has tennis been saved by the Olympics? The answer is no. While golf in Rio is a nice thought it will only get a little bit of coverage in-between all the other events like tennis has in London. The key question is does golf need saving? The number of players and tournaments and sponsors would suggest golf is alive and well. When they start to change golf with some sort of Twenty20 concept, that’s when we know it’s in trouble. — STU NORMAN, VIA EMAIL THE LETTER OF THE WEEK WINNER RECEIVES A DOZEN DIXON GOLF EARTH BALLS VALUED AT $49.95 —Neil Kamminga, via email TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS ON GOLF AT THE OLYMPICS... GOLF AND TENNIS SHOULD not be Olympic sports—it is absolute madness. They both have established major events in their international circuits and the players are rewarded very well—they are tested four times a year to find the best player! Apart from representing their country—which they can do already during team events—there is no point in staging a tournament every four years for an Olympic medal. Political correctness gone mad! — MEL MCLENNAN, VIA EMAIL WE HAVE A PURE game with rules that teach young men and women how to stand tall with honesty and win or lose with good grace. In no other sport can one call a penalty on oneself, even if no one else noticed the issue, and the majority do not need an umpire to blow the whistle on them. Those of us who love the game will be extremely disappointed if the Olympic committee start tampering with the game to fit their requirements and if this is the case I will find it difficult to tune in. — ROSEMARY MARTLAND, VIA EMAIL ON THE BEST AUSSIE GOLFERS... PETER THOMSON IS WITHOUT doubt the greatest Australian golfer with daylight a distant second. Five British Opens in an era of such great golfers as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tony Lema, Gary Player, Bobby Locke and Bob Charles to name but a few confirms his place as Australia's greatest golfer. All this as well as being one of the world’s greatest course designers and a very humble man. — GRAEME KAYE, VIA EMAIL YOU SHOULD HAVE PUT Norman von Nida as the best Australian golfer ever. He was before all the big money—I am surprised no one mentioned him. — JOHN WEBSTER, VIA EMAIL SURPRISED YOU DIDN'T mention Bruce Crampton in your Top 10 Australian golfers. Four runner-up finishes in majors, all (I think) to no less than Jack Nicklaus. He made $1 million on the PGA Tour when that figure was an achievement. Yet you put Jason Day ahead of him. Jason might be a star in the future but not ahead of Crampton at this stage. —MORTON BROWNE, VIA EMAIL