Time for Open crit­i­cism

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The USGA shanked the U. S. Open out of bounds this year when it chose Cham­bers Bay as the venue and sold the tele­vi­sion rights to Fox Sports.

The Fox broad­cast crew per­se­vered with a base­ball an­nouncer and four re­tired golfers, none of whom were ever known to be pro­fes­sional broad­cast jour­nal­ists — or at­tend a jour­nal­ism class, for that mat­ter. The tele­vi­sion pic­ture of the parched course looked like Tran­quil­ity Base on a bad day, and if they were us­ing HD cam­eras it sure didn’t show through on the screen.

But it was a fan­tas­tic end­ing, just like this year’s Su­per Bowl. From the sublime to the ridicu­lous is but a step.

Kevin H. Park En­cino

The U. S. Open was hard to lis­ten to and hard to watch. While some observers likened the course to a minia­ture golf course, that would be do­ing the minia­ture golf course a dis­ser­vice, as at least it takes some skill there to sink a putt. At Cham­bers Bay with its pin­ball ma­chine- like greens, good shots be­came bad shots and vice versa. The course must have been more aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing to the eye when it was a gravel mine.

Fox Sports, with its vis­ual gim­micks and lack of chem­istry on the part of its an­nounc­ing team, made me pine for NBC Sports. The only thing miss­ing from the tele­cast was ex­pert anal­y­sis from Howie Long, Jimmy John­son and Terry Brad­shaw, a train wreck ( lit­er­ally), a Navy ship con­duct­ing live- fire ex­er­cises on a one- per­center’s yacht in Puget Sound and some­one from Fox News blam­ing Obama for the whole mess.

Jonathan Wolin La­guna Beach

I ap­plaud the USGA for choos­ing Cham­bers Bay. These are pro­fes­sional golfers. The dif­fi­cult con­di­tions of the course and greens didn’t stop the win­ner from shoot­ing five un­der par, and all the golfers were sub­ject to the same con­di­tions. Why make it easy for the pro­fes­sion­als es­pe­cially since the first prize is $ 1.8 mil­lion!

As in any sport, the per­son or team that is bet­ter at mak­ing ad­just­ments due to weather or the con­di­tions usu­ally wins. To the USGA I say, let’s find some more harder golf cour­ses!

Steve Shaevel Wood­land Hills

In sports, it might be said that Jor­dan Spi­eth backed into vic­tory; how­ever, in this case, Dustin John­son backed out. I’m numb.

David Mar­shall Santa Mon­ica

Cham­bers Bay has to be the worst U. S. Open course in history. Was the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee run by FIFA?

Craig A. Nel­son Solana Beach, Calif.

Why do I find it dif­fi­cult to im­age the words “couldn’t en­gage my glutes” com­ing out of Jor­dan Spi­eth’s mouth? Of course, if you had asked me the same ques­tion about Tiger Woods 18 years ago I’d have prob­a­bly just laughed.

Marcelo Bar­reiro Man­hat­tan Beach On the diamond

By fol­low­ing Al­bert Pu­jols to the Amer­i­can League West, could it be that the Hous­ton Astros are sim­ply glut­tons for pun­ish­ment re­gard­ing their long­time foe?

Randy Simp­son Ox­nard

If Clay­ton Ker­shaw would like the team to score more runs when he pitches, then he has to stop de­mand­ing that A. J. El­lis play each and ev­ery time he pitches.

Geno Api­cella Pla­cen­tia

De­spite all the money pour­ing in, the Dodgers are an av­er­age base­ball team, whose cur­rent record is be­low that of Hous­ton, Pittsburgh and Kansas City, three teams with a com­bined pay­roll less than that of the Dodgers’.

The les­son here is that money can buy skill, but it can’t buy the heart of a cham­pion. The Dodgers’ cor­po­ra­tion has cho­sen the most ex­pen­sive path, which is back­fir­ing badly, while also alien­at­ing long­time past fans. Count me as one of them.

Ron­ald J. Peters Thou­sand Oaks

It’s nice to know that Dodgers Gen­eral Man­ager An­drew Fried­man is not blam­ing Don Mat­tingly for the team’s re­cent slug­gish play. Fried­man in­sists there’s no “fin­ger- point­ing” and a “we’re all in this to­gether” at­ti­tude. What a mag­nan­i­mous guy.

And now for re­al­ity. If this team doesn’t win the di­vi­sion and/ or loses early in the play­offs again, Mat­tingly will be out the door so fast his head will be spin­ning. Fried­man won’t have to point his fin­ger ei­ther. He’ll be us­ing his thumb.

Charles Reilly Man­hat­tan Beach Oh, he hus­tled

Pete Rose bet on his own team to win, lied about it, got caught and is banned for life by Ma­jor League Base­ball. Alex Ro­driguez took PEDs to ar­ti­fi­cially en­hance his per­for­mance, lied about it, got caught and is cur­rently mak­ing mil­lions of dol­lars and re­ceiv­ing stand­ing ova­tions in Yan­kee Sta­dium. What is wrong with this pic­ture?

Kelly Gal­lagher Santa Ana

Pete Rose: Base­ball’s an­swer to Dick Nixon.

Joe Co­hen Los An­ge­les Out of con­trol

So Bill Plaschke [“Muck­ing it up,” June 24] thinks that some un­re­lated in­ci­dents in­volv­ing a for­mer as­sis­tant, a re­in­stated as­sis­tant and an as­sis­tant con­fronted by a dif­fi­cult par­ent ( not to men­tion the ac­tions of a high schooler who had not yet even en­tered the pro­gram and the suc­cess­ful re­cruit­ment of a blue- chip ath­lete whose fa­ther hap­pens to be Snoop Dogg) sug­gest a lack of in­sti­tu­tional con­trol on the part of Coach Mora and the UCLA ath­letic depart­ment?

If any­thing, this type of “muck” rak­ing jour­nal­ism sug­gests a lack of in­sti­tu­tional con­trol by the L. A. Times sports depart­ment.

Bruce Both­well Long Beach NBA switch

So Mark Roth [ Letters, June 20] thinks there is ir­ra­tional ex­u­ber­ance over the Golden State War­riors’ NBA ti­tle and that Steph Curry couldn’t start for Michael Jor­dan’s Chicago Bulls teams? Re­ally? If he’ll take B. J. Armstrong or John Pax­son over Curry, I want to play in his fan­tasy league.

Richard Brisacher Mar Vista Gim­mick on ice

While hockey is at its best played four on four, go­ing to three on three in OT is the equiv­a­lent of play­ing ice pond hockey. Might as well de­cide the games with rock- pa­per­scis­sors.

Mike Reuben Ana­heim Hills

Char­lie Riedel As­so­ci­ated Press

CHAM­BERS BAY and its 18- hole lay­out looked, to some, like Tran­quil­ity Base on a bad day, but Jor­dan Spi­eth, above, made the 2015 U. S. Open mem­o­rable.

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