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I was almost as entertained by reading Alan Shipnuck's article as I was by watching one of the best Masters ever. Thank you for providing insight into what was happening behind the scenes—especially with Amy Mickelson. The scene following Phil's birdie on 18 has to be one of the greatest testimonies to love and marriage that I've ever had the privilege to witness.
Margie Duffy, York, Pa.
It was uplifting to see a dose of determination and compassion drown out all the negativity and hype that led into the Masters (For Amy, April 19). Although Tiger Woods remains No. 1 in the world as a golfer, as a husband and a father—the true test of a man—Mickelson outranks him by a million. Good guys can finish first.
Michael LaBonte, Hudson, N.H.
In a time of troubled athletes, this article was a breath of fresh air. As a guidance counselor, I am glad there's an athlete I can point out to my students who's a winner both in the competitive arena and away from it.
Randy Durr, Worland, Wyo.
I was struck by the themes of the stories about Freddy Adu (Didn't You Used to Be the Future?), Jason Heyward (Legend Before His Time) and Eric Berry (The Sure Thing) in the April 19 issue. The question about veteran soccer pro Adu is whether he's washed up. With Heyward, it's how long it will take him to be recognized as one of baseball's greatest sluggers. With Berry, it's whether he'll transform the safety position in the NFL. Adu and Heyward are 20; Berry, the oldest of the three at 21, has yet to play a professional game. Here's hoping the kind of unrealistic expectations that have dogged Adu in his young career don't hamper Heyward and Berry if they struggle from time to time.