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'Tis the season for holiday spirit

The First Call readers share what they would like to receive — or give — as gifts in the coming weeks


Question of the week [Nov. 21-27]: The holidays are upon us, so what golf-related items are you putting on your wish list or buying for others?

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After watching Jon Rahm win the DP World Tour Championship and Rory McIlroy win the Race to Dubai, I want to give golf fans the gift of a Tour Championship winner and a FedEx Cup winner as it was in the past. It does not have to be the same person. Go back to awarding the person who is best that week and the person who is the best on the year, and get rid of that staggered scoring at the start of the tournament.

James Brock
Atlanta, Georgia

For Christmas I’m hoping to find a set of Mizuno JPX 921 Hot Metal heads only. I’m trying to be considerate of not having to use a lot of paper. Something tells me that I’m the one who needs to find the gift, have them shipped, wrap them and then sneak them under the tree way in the back on Christmas Eve. No peeking allowed.

Then on Christmas morning I’ll have my grandson reach way in the back and bring them out and announce this is for Papa, from him. You can’t send back a gift from your grandchildren now can you? Merry Christmas!

Paul Vicary
The Villages, Florida

I’m 70 and need assistance navigating the hills of Lonnie Poole Golf Course on the N.C. State University campus in Raleigh. I’m wishing for the MGI Zip Navigator.

Jim Pomeranz
Cary, North Carolina 

My holiday wish list is a new driver. Unfortunately, I’ll have to be my own Santa Claus. No one in my family, particularly my wife, would understand $600 for a new driver. I don’t even know if I can do it myself. The last new driver I purchased was $299, although I traded it 2 1/2 years ago for a used one.

Now I’m searching and already testing drivers hoping to gain back the 4-6 mph I’ve lost in ball speed over the past year, now that I'm 69. My fitter says more new models are on the way after testing the Stealth, Rogue ST and TSR2. So my wish list may not be fulfilled until early spring. But it’s always fun testing new clubs. Just trying to get better. Also signing up for more lessons. 

Barry Duckworth 
Knoxville, Tennessee 

They fired the wrong guys [Who will NBC choose as its new voices of golf?]. Steve Sands is a fool and the worst announcer on any channel. He speaks and acts like a high school freshman who is trying to get accepted into the senior clique.

Ric Haberstroh 
Ferguson, Missouri

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