Congratulations to Tiger Woods, whose birdie chip on the 16th hole at the Masters was truly remarkable (Perfect Pitch, April 18). In the 16th round of his four championships at the Masters, Tiger's chip shot on hole 16 took exactly 16 seconds to reach the bottom of the cup and hung on the lip for 1.6 seconds--check the videotape with a stopwatch, as I did. I think Tiger has a new lucky number.
W. Lynn Augenstein
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
It is ridiculous for Alan Shipnuck to dismiss all other outstanding golfers based solely on Tiger's win at the Masters: "... with all due respect to [Chris] DiMarco, last week was a reminder that Woods's only real competition is with Nicklaus's legacy of 18 major championship victories." Come on, Woods won this Masters by the slightest of margins. If DiMarco's chip on the 72nd hole finds the bottom of the cup, Shipnuck is singing an entirely different tune.
Mill Creek, Wash.
Al Tielemans's, Fred Vuich's and John Biever's photos accompanying your Masters story are as good as it gets. Thanks for letting me relive some special moments through your pictures.
John Borland, Stafford Springs, Conn.
Ring of Truth
I remember my dad talking about Emile Griffith's toughness, but never once did he mention that there was a question about Griffith's sexuality (The Shadow Boxer, April 18). What a man Griffith must have been to fight two opponents--the one standing across from him and himself--at the same time.
John Barnett, Fort Branch, Ind.