Well, I wouldn't have believed it unless I had seen it. Dan Jenkins actually had more to say about the man who won the PGA Championship than about the man who came in second (He Left Them Laughing, Aug. 19). The account of Lee Trevino's victory was a refreshing relief from Jenkins' usual story of how Jack Nicklaus lost. Great job.
Brick Town, N.J.
I greatly enjoyed your excellent article on Lee Trevino's PGA triumph. Taking nothing away from Lee, Sam Snead, Gary Player et al., your statement that Jack Nicklaus "has been either first or second in no less than 26 major championships" clearly stamps him as the greatest golfer of all time.
T. G. McCONKEY
I regret that Dan Jenkins was unimpressed with the recent PGA Championship at Tanglewood Park. I would like to point out to him, however, that this tournament, held on a "non-prestige" course in a "strange place," produced one of the finest tests of golf in recent years—only six of the best golfers in the world broke par for the 72 holes, and they did it before one of the largest crowds in the history of the PGA tournament. Perhaps it is time to point out to Mr. Jenkins that the tournament is held for the benefit of the golfers and fans, not solely for the benefit of sportswriters who might be inconvenienced in getting to their typewriters or a drink.
ROBERT L. TUCKER
Concerning your comments on the last nine holes of this year's PGA Championship, I was training with the Philadelphia Athletics in Fort Myers, Fla. in 1926 when the 72-hole match between Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones took place. The first 36 holes were played in Sarasota, and Cy Perkins, Mickey Cochrane and I went up to watch. In the PGA it seemed that Jack Nicklaus hit to most greens first, then Lee Trevino usually hit his bail inside, closer to the pin. That is exactly what happened in the Hagen-Jones match. Bobby would usually hit first to the greens, but Hagen would always hit his ball inside. It's too bad films are not available for a closer comparison of the play.
La Selva Beach, Calif.
After watching the PGA Championship last week, we can no longer contain ourselves. Please consider our nomination of Sam Snead for SI's Sportsman of the Year.
Three cheers for your Aug. 12 SCORECARD item "Trophy Art." It stated exactly what I, as the wife of a golfer who has collected a few plaques and trophies, have been saying for years. I realize that not all tournament committees have the funds to award soapstone sculptures, but surely even a lovely piece of pottery is preferable to those ugly metal, wood and plastic dust collectors.
MARAH L. BREHAUT
Los Altos Hills, Calif.
Many thanks for your extensive coverage of the America's Cup eliminations (Sea of Turmoil, Aug. 19); it was an impressive article. However, allow me to point out to your other readers that the French skipper's name is Jean Marie Le Guillou, not Le Cuillou, and that the captions under the pictures of Australia's Alan Bond and Jim Hardy have been reversed.
New York City
? SI extends its apologies to M. Le Guillou as well as to Messrs. Bond and Hardy (left).—ED.
REDS AND DODGERS
In your Aug. 12 and 19 issues you have told us everything we care to know about the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds. However, you are not the only culprits. In the last three nationally televised Monday night games on NBC, Cincinnati has appeared three times and Los Angeles once.
True, the National League West Division race is very exciting, but it is not the only one in progress.