My golf cap is off to Dan Jenkins for a beautiful story on the Masters (You're All Right, Jack, April 21). He came up with a great angle and a strong ending, but about that movie he and Manny are working on, I wouldn't call Jack Nicklaus winning at Augusta an original plot. It is already in the rerun files of the Late Show.
Oh, yes, is Nicklaus really color blind, or does he "suffer" from chloropsia, which results in the victim seeing only one color—green?
That was one of your best golf stories in a good long while. Jenkins reveals all the pressure, hardship and glory involved in winning the Masters. As he says, "Nothing has ever equaled what happened when Nicklaus bagged his fifth Masters." He describes the entire event wonderfully and does a great job of telling his readers that Jack Nicklaus is indeed No. 1. You're all right, Dan.
Having watched the Masters tournament, I was particularly interested in your excellent article, which vividly described the drama of the final round. But I noticed a seeming discrepancy. The statement was made that it is possible for the entire field to make the cut, "for the rules state that anyone within 10 strokes of the leader [after 36 holes] is eligible to hang around Saturday and Sunday." But you also state that Johnny Miller, at 146, was 11 strokes behind Nicklaus. Did the tournament committee bend the rules to keep Miller in?
SIDNEY V. JOHNSON
?Not at all. The rule states, "At the end of 36 holes of play, the field will be reduced to the 44 lowest scorers, plus those tied for 44th place, as well as any other players whose total for the two rounds shall not exceed by more than ten strokes the lowest total returned for these two rounds." This year's cut fell at 148.—ED.
Your article on the Masters, Jack's win and Johnny's string of six straight birdies was very interesting. To give a little more due credit, I would like to mention the finish of Ralph Johnston on Saturday. Ralph had birdies on the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th holes, a par on the 16th and birdies on the 17th and 18th. Six birdies on the final seven holes at Augusta is pretty fair golf.
LEO G. BECKMANN
18th Green Announcer
Really! Three columns on Johnny Miller's 65 at Augusta, and only a few words about Hale Irwin's course-record 64. Irwin finished fourth at the Masters for the second year in a row. That might have been worth noting.
Shaker Heights, Ohio
Larry Keith's article on Henry Aaron (Back Where He Belongs, April 17) proves that heroes are not dead. Aaron has meant very much to baseball. The turnout of 48,160 fans at County Stadium acknowledged his contribution to the game and also paid tribute to him as a person.
TOM P. MALKUS
Long Beach, Calif.
The addition of Henry Aaron to an exciting young Milwaukee Brewer team is a dream come true for a whole lot of Wisconsin baseball fans. It's great to have Aaron back. And it is even sweeter to think that it was Bill Bartholomay and the Atlanta Braves from whom he was secured.
GARY E. BUERSTATTE
I was interested in the prediction attributed to me in connection with the Sports Antiblackout Law in SCORECARD ("Permanent Experiment," April 21) both as a reader of your magazine and as the author of that law.