Editors' BlogMarch 20, 2009

Arjun Atwal

Sometimes the mail just plain surprises us. The reaction to Tim Rosaforte's Arjun Atwal story, which this editor found to be sensitive and well done

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Dear Editor,>

That was a poorly written article in your last Golf World issue about that tragic death of John Noah Park, an Isleworth member, who was supposedly car racing with Arjun Atwal. Article says nothing about how Mr. Park Died. Did he hit a tree, another car, roll over?, what happened. Did he collide with Mr Atwal? Did Mr Atwal have to pay fines. If so what did it cost him? There were scant few detail in the article about what transpired. I assume legal ramifications prevented you from detailing the accident timeline from start to finish, and what really happened just outside the gates of posh Isleworth community in Florida. Next time you do a cover story about a tragedy, please inform us with some real details. >

Scott McBreen >

Seattle, WA

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Dear Editor,>

I have nothing against Arjun Atwal, but his comments about the events leading up to his eventual car accident were exactly what a lawyer would want a client to say. His statements were completely vague.>

Carlo Scialla>

Mendham NJ

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Dear Editor,>

I've just finished the article on Arjun Atwal, discussing the tragic accident he was involved in. I had to reread and clear my eyes when I read his statement that he "wants to talk about it in a positive way". Mr. Atwal was admittedly driving 85 mph on a back road, which is reckless in and of itself, and now that he is lucky enough to have the FHP drop the case, he, like OJ, thinks that because they weren't convicted, they are off scot free. I wonder if Atwal would think the Park family thinks there is anything positive to be found in this tragic story. >

Tony Lopez>

Atlanta, GA.

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Dear Editor, What next - a cover story on how Tripp Isenhour accidentally hit a shot in the trees and killed a hawk? Christopher Casimer

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Dear Editor,>

Please put current winners on cover. Not people that need to work HARDER on there golf game! >

John Palenik>

Rahway, NJ

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To answer one question raised by these letters: Tim did not revisit the tragic crash in detail because we had already covered the crash itself. This was about Atwal's recovery from the crash and its impact on his career. But we hear you.

--Bob Carney

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