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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

Weekend sporting impressions

With personal commitments over the weekend preventing me from prolonged periods in front of the television, I was unable to wallow in sport quite as much as originally intended and so was reduced to keeping touch with such events as I did via snatches of TV/radio broadcasts together with the [...]

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

Let battle commence

The phoney war is over, the first pairings selected and in my case the bets laid. My guru Jeremy Chapman advises a tie or one point win either way  (14.5/13.5) with wagers on Joe Rahm as top debutant and Francesco Molinari and Webb Simpson as top European and American respectively. The rationale [...]

September 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

Golfing weekend

The Ryder Cup build up was overshadowed by two comeback kings.  Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship after spinal fusion surgery all but terminated his career. At one stage when he was ranked 1199 in the world it looked like he could not get out of a golf buggy let alone win a tourney. Yet it was [...]

September 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

The golfing weekend

Once again Jeremy Chapman teed up the winners, recommending Matt Fitzpatrick and Lucas Bjerregaard who finished first and second in the European Masters at Crans and the probable eventual winners in the BMW USPGA event in Philadelphia. I say ‘probable’ as a deluge of rain wiped out the [...]

September 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ryder Cup aperitif

We are less than a month away from the Ryder Cup at la National ,Paris and the Made in Denmark competition made the selection issues clearer. Thorbjen Olesen gained the last eighth spot ( Justin Rose, Joe Rahm, Francisco Molinari, Tommy Fleetwood, Alex  Noren, Tyrell Hatton , Rory McIlroy are the [...]

September 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

The sporting weekend

When it comes to golf coverage in the media two players  dominate: Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Rory has not won a Major for 4 years and I don’t think will add to his total of 4. He has blown up on the fourth round several times this year. Nor do I think Tiger will add to his 14 but he is [...]

August 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Blighted by the weather

I travelled up to London to watch the Test with Dougie Heath only to spend much of the day in the hotel room following sport. I am not the only Rust staffer to fall foul of Southern Fail. All trains from the station to London were delayed or cancelled because of an earlier trespass incident. What [...]

August 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Pre-season and some armchair watching

We rugby union fans are now in the annual ‘Phoney war’ period before anything actually happens. Thus the (rugby) media is full of little ‘puff’ pieces from every last Tom, Dick and Harry detailing how their poor form last season was due entirely to a long term niggle but happily – this [...]

August 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

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