June 20, 2014

I could not disagree more with Sally Jenkins’s opinion of the 2014 U.S. Open conditions at Pinehurst No. 2. Her June 16 Sports column, “Pinehurst’s ‘natural habitat’ makes for a natural disaster,” was highly critical of the absence of rough at this year’s national golf championship. If it weren’t for new natural, native areas beyond the fairways, the telecast would have been too boring to watch, given the runaway victory by Martin Kaymer.

I thought the changes to the course were an excellent idea and provided a nice change to the disastrous rough typical of the U.S. Open. Plus, the significant decrease in watering requirements should please even environmentalists.

The only part I did not like were the greens. So many perfectly placed approach shots rolling 40 or so yards off the green was frustrating to watch. It must have been even more so for the players.

Michael Chiarito, Woodbridge

I really wish I were clever and could manage some sort of crack like “Halitosis or a close shave”!

At any rate, in the June 16 Sports article about Martin Kaymer’s victory in the 114th U.S. Open, “Kaymer finishes blowout victory,” the third paragraph begins, “And he felt not a hare’s breath of pressure Sunday.”

I know the expression is “a hair’s breadth,” which would refer to the slimmest of victory margins, but the whole article points out the opposite: Kaymer won by a mile.

Margaret Wayne,

Silver Spring

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