Letters to Sports: Split decision on Saudi-backed golf tour

I wonder if Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau and others would play in the LIV Golf League if it was sponsored by North Korea’s Kim Jong Un with a few billion dollars taken from him to feed his starving with food to provide people. Unfortunately, given the Saudis’ involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the assassination of a journalist at the Saudi consulate in Turkey, and a poor human rights record, I suspect that didn’t deter them.

Leonard Venger


Those PGA golfers who defected to LIV Golf should be allowed to return to the tour as caddies.

David Marshall
santa monica


If I attend a LIV Golf event as a spectator, will the PGA bar me from attending their events?

Joe Marando


Recently, the PGA suspended some of its players because the players didn’t want to give up their opportunity to make extra money playing golf for a second tour. PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan’s reasoning left the PGA petty and bitter. Basically, Mr. Monahan said players are greedy and lack loyalty to the PGA. Mr Monahan even threw in a vague reference to 9/11 and Saudi Arabia as he attempted to use virtue signs to justify his suspension of those players. Meanwhile, President Biden appears to have no problem with Saudi Arabia, as Biden will soon fly there to negotiate oil with Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. So I’m guessing Mr. Monahan must have classified information on Saudi Arabia that the President of the United States does not have.

Russell D Beecher
Canyon Lake


I have something to say to Phil Mickelson (and others who dropped out of the PGA to join the Saudi Tour): “Can you say greed?”

He was paid $200 million just for joining. That’s obscene.

Suzanne Stan


By definition, professional golfers play the game for (maximum) earnings/profits. Doesn’t seem any different to me than US companies maximizing their profit potential in Saudi Arabia, except that executives and shareholders of those companies get little of it.

So why is the PGA threatening to ban LIV golfers? Oh, maybe because the PGA feels its winning potential is slipping away.

Michael Rubin
San Pedro


I’m so glad that $200 million in blood money from MBS and the Saudis will enable Phil Mickelson to “do things that are off the golf course that I’ve always wanted to do.”

I guess that doesn’t include gambling as it’s well documented that he’s done a lot of it. However, the Saudi cash will surely allow him to pay off his debts and then some. It just won’t buy him back to the PGA Tour, and I hope that ban lasts forever.

Mike McNiff
costa mesa

Koufax dilemma

Part of a tiny minority, which is a segment of a small minority, I am an Orthodox Jew who grew up in Los Angeles. My friends and I had one hero – Sandy Koufax

I know I’m being a bit particular about my criticism of the Dodgers, but giving Sandy Koufax a statue on a Saturday when every Orthodox Jew worth their salt (or salmon and bagels) isn’t at the game or the ceremony being able to participate hurts. We hoped for a little more consideration for us and the Yom Kippur skipper, but we have to be content with the repetition.

Alan Kandel
los Angeles

Dodgers strategy

Speaking to The Times after Sunday’s loss to the Giants, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “Overall, I thought there was a lot of competition. But again if you have this situation [with runners on base]you have to find a way to push these guys over.”

He should look in the mirror. How about Double Steal, Hit-and-Run, Victim Bunt, Bunt-and-Run, Suicide Squeeze, or Safety Squeeze? The Dodgers rarely use any of these to try to get runners up. They have been tried and tested for decades. The manager is the strategist, not the players.

Lewis guide
Carmel Valley


I want to thank the management of Dodgers for voiding my DirectTV subscription by airing Dodger games on a third party streaming service that I don’t get.

Someone owes me a refund.

Bob Rufer
Joshua tree

Abyssal Angel

On June 16, the Angels are 2-18 in their last 20 games. They faced playoff-level pitching in most of those games. As simple as that.

David Waldowski
lagoon forest

charging ahead

Dylan Hernández’s interview with Brandon Staley reveals the Chargers coach learned nothing from his ruthless leadership of the team last season. The playoffs should never have boiled down to the Raiders game. He did this because he threw away previous plays with idiotic fourth down calls and other gaffes. He then justifies his move by saying he wanted to instill a “fearless” attitude in his players. He ended up sabotaging the team’s chances.

Mario Vallo

Everyone hails the champions

Let’s look at the Warriors and Lakers rosters. Stephen Curry doesn’t pick players for the Golden State Warriors. General Manager Bob Myers does. The Lakers, on the other hand, allow LeBron James to pick players. The result is simple. The Warriors have unlimited championships in their future. The immediate future of the Lakers doesn’t stand a chance of being competitive.

Gil Moe
palm desert

ZERO endgame

Why not just bypass all this nonsense about names, image and likeness and get to the endgame, ie the schools serve as minor leagues for the pros, paying the players directly for who they really are. That would free schools from having to deal with all this nonsense that’s muddling the waters. It would also allow us to drop the pretense of “student athletes”. Just think of the ink media you would save if you eliminated “student” from the print.

John Snyder
Newbury Park


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