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About John Pargiter

John Pargiter’s biggest claim to fame is his first-ever work experience job, as ‘legs’ (or runner) for Henry Longhurst. For many years he worked in insurance at Lloyds. After retiring he has returned to his favourite sport of golf and is a keen recreational sailor and grandparent. More Posts

Golf matters

The golfing year is now in full swing with one of the richest trophies on the European Tour – the Abu Dhabi Classic – and the USPGA Desert Classic. Shane Lowry and Phil Mickelson with opening rounds of 62 and 60 lead respectively. Of interest is the implantation of a new rule book. [...]

January 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Justin Rose …and fell

There has been so much fuss over the omission of Georgia Hall in the final list for Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) but little if any on the absence of  Justin Rose who could have gone to world number one over the weekend. As the BBC has so few sporting rights SPOTY has lost its lustre [...]

December 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Golfing weekend

My good run continued with a third successive win when Louis Oosthuizen took the South African Open at Johannesburg. Oosthuizen has never won his national trophy before though he has a Major in his golf bag and I classified him in that group with Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel who are unlikely to [...]

December 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

Even by my standards this weekend was charged and full of sport. On Sunday morning I followed the Fury v Wilder fight on the radio. It reminded of my youth listening to the Cassius Clay fights against Sonny Liston with an old fashioned Bush Bakerlite radio by the bed, all snug as the brash pug From [...]

December 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Golf betting

Here is a link to an excellent article on the Mickelson w Woods match. I could not have put it better myself and no I did not have a tickle on it: Mickelson v [...]

November 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

No doubting the Thomases

Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry won the World Cup at the Royal Melbourne Club for Belgium. The amount of top golfers who swerved the event is indicative that golf is not a team game, Ryder Cup excepted. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson preferred to hoover up the moolah in a winner takes all showdown [...]

November 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

My golfing weekend

Although I was on eventual runner-up Li Haotong, third round leader by 3 shots, I was delighted Justin Rose defended his Turkish Airline  trophy successfully yesterday evening. If there is any sense or justice Justin Rose will surely make the final six for BBC Sports Personality of the Year. [...]

November 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

A new number one and an old one refinds form

I doubt if many outside golf and a few inside it would recognise Brooks Koepka if he passed them in the street but they should do as the thrice Major champion is now golf number one. He achieved this by winning the  CJ Cup in a handsome fashion. After he won the US Open no one wanted to interview [...]

October 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ryder Cup review

It was a great result for Europe and for me but why did the USA do so badly? Preparation, selection and performance were all faulty. It is significant that the American with most wins (4) Justin Thomas was the only one to play the course at the French Open. I recall at the time wondering why Tiger [...]

October 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

The first day

I spent the whole of the day watching the four-balls and foursomes in what proved a satisfactory start for Europe. The rationale behind the pairings appeared to be to match experience with a debutant. My view is that it is  better to rely on traditionally tried and tested successful pairings like [...]

September 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

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