Reilly, I love you, but I am going to throw up if I read one more article about Tiger Woods. Yes, he is an terrific athlete. Yes, he is an amazing golfer. Yes, I am sure that he is a wonderful person, but enough already. Please go back to hating the Yankees.
TRACY MCCARTER, Corsicana, Texas
Above the Crowd
One of the beauties of saving old issues of SI is to look back at FACES IN THE CROWD and find today's superstars. After the PGA, I was going through my collection of issues, and there he was: Bob May, a 16-year-old from Southern California (Oct. 29,1984).
STEVE MURFIN, Olney, Md.
Thomas Bj�rn is all wet (Tiger Rules, Sept. 4). Bj�rn said, "When the pressure was on, Tiger wasn't as impressive as he was in the other majors. It's easy when you're leading by seven or eight. In the PGA, he hit a lot of poor shots coming down the stretch." Perhaps Bj�rn didn't see Tiger's trap shot on 18 at Valhalla. What about the shots and the putt for a birdie that put Woods one ahead of May on the first playoff hole?
WALTER WAGENHALS, Monterey, Calif.
I was disappointed in Gary Van Sickle's article (Taking Their Lumps, Aug. 28) criticizing the playing conditions at Valhalla. He called the greens lumpy, the pin placements unfair and the course a "fixer-upper." I was in attendance for three days and found the course challenging and magnificently groomed. It's a shame that he used quotes only from players who were nowhere near the top of the leader board. No wonder they did not like the course.
BRAD KRUER, Jeffersonville, Ind.
There is no course that cannot be picked apart, including St. Andrews and Pebble Beach. It seems unfair to omit the comments of other players in the tournament, like those of Jean Van de Velde, who said Valhalla was just as good as Augusta, Pebble Beach and St. Andrews, or those of Jos� Mar�a Olaz�bal, who said, "It's proven that it's a great golf course that is challenging for everybody." And that was before Olaz�bal shot 63. The tournament yielded the lowest scores in PGA history. Obviously, the greens weren't impossible. Why are these factors not as relevant as the griping about the greens by players like Dennis Paulson, who finished the week tied for 75th in putting, Tom Kite (T-36th), Steve Pate (T-50th) and Scott Hoch (T-41st)?
JOHN YARMUTH, Harrods Creek, Ky.
In his listing of the best major golf championships ever (Major Heart Stoppers, Aug. 28), Jaime Diaz missed two that, in my opinion, must be included. One was the 1966 U.S. Open, in which Arnold Palmer had a seven-stroke lead with nine holes to go only to see the underrated Billy Casper tie him and then beat him the next day in a playoff. The other would be the 1982 U.S. Open, when Tom Watson made that famous chip shot on 17 to deny Jack Nicklaus yet another major win.
GEORGE B. KARFIOL, Nashville
Derrick Thomas of the Kansas City Chiefs had more sacks in the decade of the 1990s than any other player and holds the NFL record for most sacks in one game (seven), and you cannot see fit to include him on your roster of great pass rushers?
KEN EBERHART, Kansas City, Mo.