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Rory again and again and again

The US PGA is the ugly sister of the four majors. The Masters is first up on the golfing calendar and, rest assured, there will be articles on the azaleas, Gene Sarazen’s albatross, who will don the green jacket in Butler’s Cabin. The Open is what it says on the  claret jug [...]

August 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

An overnight sensation

It would be wrong to pretend that there are many advantages to being a lifelong early bird, but one of them is the opportunity it gives an individual to watch, live on television, era-defining events (often sporting) taking place in the United States of America which, depending upon which time zone [...]

August 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Rory wins again

Rory won the Bridgestone Invitational by 2 shots. Has this event witnessed the handing over of the baton from Tiger Woods to Rory? I think not. The issue of when a sportsman is past it is an interesting one but in golf hard to chart. Three years ago Ernie Els won the Open and before that Tom [...]

August 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s only one way or the other from here

Last night, determined to avoid the BBC’s review of the Commonwealth Games and coverage of its Closing Ceremony, I kept my television on in the background – occasionally channel-hopping – whilst flicking through the Sunday papers. By this route I came across Sky Sports’ coverage of the [...]

August 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Against the odds

After my remarks that Steve Palmer had provided me with winners, but not had the funds to back them, the Racing Post exacted its revenge. Jeremy Chapman tipped Tim Clark, the winner of the Canada Open, Jim Furyk second and Graeme McDowel ninth, but yours truly – with his normal incompetence [...]

July 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Golf betting update

I would like to be a fly on the wall of the Steve Palmer of Racing Post household during the World Cup final shoot out. Readers will recall that he needed the £6000 win on his wager on Argentina to pay for his wedding and honeymoon. I said to my missus that at least he would have won on Brian [...]

July 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Couch potato

There has been a debate on these pages on the relative advantages of attending an event or watching it on tv. Yesterday I wanted to follow three sporting events: the second Test against India, a crucial mountain stage of the Tour de France and the second day of the Open at Hoylake. I [...]

July 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Putting in and lucking out

“Dipstick. Naive, optimistic, fat worthless, optimistic dipstick. McDowell set up a million birdie chances with brilliant approaches but suffered what he later described as one of the worst putting weekends of my career.  The Northern Irishman only needed to up and down from the edge of the [...]

July 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Diary of a modest punter

Some of my gambling friends mock me for the small wagers I lay, saying I will never make any money but it’s the converse that matters to me – namely I will never lose that much.  The combination of ill judgment, incompetence and bad luck – of which every gambler, big or small, [...]

June 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fancy a flutter?

I am no great admirer of a flutter on football because of the variables of injury, sendings off and poor refereeing. Furthermore, the best team – which Brazil were in 1982 – do not necessarily win. The pundits favour Argentina, but the trick is to identify the dark horse that [...]

June 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

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