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The 2019 Masters

The victory of Tiger Woods would not have pleased the bookies. The blanket media coverage of him and Rory McIlroy generates a lot of popular betting which belies their recent Majors form. Woods though has had a good start to the year. I was on Francesco Molinari. I believe the occasion got to him. [...]

April 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

It’s normally John Pargiter that gets to review the sporting weekend and (bless him) boast about his betting coups, so apologies to him and our readers … Amongst the semi-finals of the FA Cup, Grand National and Boat Race the opening of the cricket county championship passed almost [...]

April 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

On the Casey

I was delighted that Paul Casey, such a pleasant but underrated golfer successfully defended the Valspar at Copperhead not least because I had backed him at 25-1. With Jason Kokrak finishing in the top ten this was a good weekend for me. Casey is 41 now, looks trim and usually features high up the [...]

March 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

An epic day of sport

I can scarcely remember a more epic, less predictable, cornucopia of sport than Saturday. On Friday we had a reunion lunch of sports writing colleagues. These can be depressing affairs as one or others drop off the perch and we reminisce on the “good old days “ of creative accounting with [...]

March 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

The sporting weekend

It was another mini disaster in the golf with the nearest to a result being Lucas Glover finishing just outside the each way belt. Justin Harding, a good South African golfer but hardly a global name, won the Qatar Masters. Over in the States Francesco Molinari won the Arnie Palmer Invitational in [...]

March 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

The golfing image

Golf’s image has been tarnished this year. Sergio Garcia was paid $500,000 for appearing at the Saudi International and vandalised 5 greens; many including me were disturbed that so many golfers – multi millionaires all – were happy to take appearance money from a country with an [...]

February 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

It was a mixed weekend for me with losses in the Six Nations, Premier and Superbowl redeemed by top seven finishes by Ian Poulter living up to his nickname The Postman (he always delivers) and Matt Kuchar. Above all, it was a superb weekend of sport . It started on Friday with France v Wales. I [...]

February 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Golfing matters

Bryson DeChambeau coasted the Dubai Classic at -25. The world number 5 has earned the reputation as “the mad scientist” with his irons all the same length and dipping his golf balls in Epsom salts to achieve perfect roundness but there is no doubting his golfing acumen. My only [...]

January 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

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

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