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January 27, 1997
Tiger Woods is an impressive young man, great for golf's image and self-promotion. He is not God's other son.B.P. WENTZ, Madison, N.J.
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Tiger Woods is an impressive young man, great for golf's image and self-promotion. He is not God's other son.
B.P. WENTZ, Madison, N.J.

Tiger Woods wins his third U.S. Amateur in a row (The Chosen One, Dec. 23), joins the PGA Tour with two months remaining in the season, shoots 21 of his first 27 rounds in the 60s, has five top-10 finishes, earns his PGA Tour card, wins two tournaments, finishes 24th on the money list, qualifies for the Tour Championship, moves into contention for a spot on the Ryder Cup team, gets invited to the Skins Game, signs endorsement contracts totaling more than $60 million, single-handedly causes galleries to triple in size and handles himself with dignity and class throughout. Great choice for Sportsman of the Year.

The Woods family seems to have the perfect balance between support, compassion and reality. The result is a son who not only has the talent to turn the golf world upside down but also the maturity to handle his role.
RICH BALDWIN, Bloomington, Ill.

I could understand Rookie of the Year, or Phenom of the Year or even Marketing Tool of the Year. But Sportsman of the Year?
ARNOLD S. DANIELS JR., West Newton, Mass.

Why does Tiger's father characterize his three oldest children as practice for when the real thing came along and imply that God (with a salty barracks tongue) somehow agrees?
WALTER F. BARCZ, Mohnton, Pa.

I am witnessing the emergence of someone "transcending" his life's work, and "making the world a better place to live in by virtue of his existence," bringing not only to me and my fellow hackers but to all the world a "humanitarianism we have never known before." All this by hitting a golf ball? Mother Teresa need not worry. We have found her successor, and he will be at a PGA Tour stop near you this year.
ROBERT V. GULA, Manchester, N.H.

I was surprised there was no mention of his turning water into wine.
MARK TATE, Amarillo, Texas

Why don't we all just sit back and enjoy watching this young man play golf and let him be a human being instead of trying to mold him into the solution for the problems of the world?

Woeful Trade
An added note to your SCORECARD about the generosity of the Golden State Warriors (Dec. 23): In exchange for the 1980 draft picks that the Warriors used for Joe Barry Carroll and Rickey Brown, the Celtics received not only Robert Parish but also the third pick of that draft. They used it to select Kevin McHale (32, above). This was an awful trade, even by Warriors standards.
ROGER SILVERSTEIN, West Bloomfield, Mich.

My best efforts to accept this year's Sportsman choice lasted a mere 19.32 seconds. How could you pass over Michael Johnson, the most astounding Olympic performer since Bob Beamon, in favor of a golfer without a single major win?
PETER A. FLAX, Norwalk, Conn.

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