There is only one adjective to describe the photographs (A 1,000 to 1 Shot, June 28) taken by Richard Mackson of Tom Watson's chip shot on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach: unbelievable!
I can't remember a more exciting U.S. Open than this year's Watson-Nicklaus showdown. SI has come through once again with outstanding coverage by Dan Jenkins, and even more outstanding pictures.
I don't know which was more unbelievable, Tom Watson's chip or Richard Mackson's photo sequence. I thought Watson was alone in expecting the ball to drop, but fortunately Mackson foresaw that possibility. Thanks for capturing and preserving one of the greatest Open shots ever.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
I was delighted with the way you showed us what "sports" really means—two talented, classy gentlemen, Watson and Nicklaus, going head-to-head, and deciding matters the way that Watson did on the 71st hole of the Open.
Dan Jenkins' article on the Open did a great disservice to Larry Rinker. According to an Orlando Sentinel article of June 20 by Larry Guest, Rinker didn't say the Open was an illusion. What he did say was that he was combating Open pressure with the illusion that "this is just another tournament." A friend had given Rinker a copy of Richard Bach's book Illusions, which is somewhat akin to Norman Vincent Peale's The Power of Positive Thinking.
Larry Rinker is from a fine golfing family in Stuart, Fla. His brother Lee recently won the Florida State Amateur championship, and his sister Laurie won the 1980 U.S. Junior title. Rinker finished tied for 15th in the Open, and had this to say: "It felt great to finish birdie-birdie-par-par. I felt the heat coming down on the 18th hole. This was a step in the right direction for me. You need positive steps to reach success, and putting four good rounds together for my first good tournament was a positive step."
The reference to his "blond mane" and the statement that "his name actually was Laura Rinker" were unprofessional, and unbecoming to a writer of Dan Jenkins' stature.
Altamonte Springs, Fla.
I read with considerable regret your tongue-in-cheek expos� on Peter and David Paul (Honin' the Barbarians, June 28). I can't believe that your otherwise excellent magazine could tarnish eight pages with a recounting of the antics of these two clowns.
Their behavior is deplorable and, of course, not typical of any bodybuilder. Your article may set bodybuilding back 50 years. I have been a bodybuilder for 21 years, and I love the sport and admire strength and muscle. You have done a disservice to a grand sport.
"Nobody has ever combined the two disciplines of bodybuilding and powerlifting before, and the simple effrontery of the idea has raised goofiness to a high plane." So said Bob Ottum in his article about Peter and David Paul. I disagree. Many powerlifters have won physique titles, and although you may quibble about the differences between powerlifting and Olympic lifting. Tommy Kono was a world and Olympic champion in weightlifting and also a world titlist in bodybuilding.
New York City