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I do not know if Steve Palmer of the Racing Post reads my column but it might be, as last Sunday he wrote that he has revised his betting philosophy with smaller staking. A small stake for Steve is £100 – twice what I would bet collectively – but he says it’s taken the strain [...]

October 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Victor Dubuisson

One of the joys of sport is the arrival of a new star on the block. In golf the vacuum left by Tiger Woods looks to be filled by three 25 year olds McIlroy, Day and Fowler. However I have a very good feeling about Victor Dubuisson. He won the Turkish Open and thrilled the galleries when he took [...]

October 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Golf World Cup

With the poor displays of the US in recent Ryder Cups and the strength of golf outside the States and Europe, there is a  case for a golfing World Cup. With the Portugal Open reduced to 2 rounds because of bad weather and precious little other sport on offer I found myself speculating on the [...]

October 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

God’s own country

Two rounds of golf in two days – if you’d asked me a week ago whether I could manage even one without a buggy, I’d have laughed at you. I guess you find out little about yourself until and unless you try. The Old Course at the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club near Forest Row is one [...]

October 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

But how stiff will I be this morning?

Yesterday I drove to Petersham for a warm-up round of golf with my brother and a Canadian relation in advance of my brother’s annual tournament later today in the heart of the East Sussex countryside. Both outings are something of an annual tradition. With having to manage my ongoing hip [...]

October 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ryder Cup: some tips

Let’s face it, most of you will have followed the Ryder Cup it so there is not much I can usefully add. We saw some breathtaking golf and one or two mesmerising contests but the Europeans held the upper hand after the first afternoon. So I thought I might share my strategy with you which [...]

September 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ryder Cup coverage

I virtually followed every moment of the Ryder Cup first day and, as you all know the state of play, I thought I might comment on the coverage. For the build-up on Thursday evening I listened to radio 5. This dumbed down the event by having a duet of musicians who composed or adapted songs about [...]

September 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ryder Cup preview

The paradox of the Ryder Cup is its main attraction, namely that golf -the ultimate one-to-one contest- becomes an absorbing match between two sides. It does not have the traditions of the Ashes as the old formula of USA v UK became too one-sided, though ironically not now, but in recent years it [...]

September 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ryder Cup Watch

The places are all settled now and my guesses proved correct, though hardly unexpected. The Europeans are favourites at 4-6 and certainly look the stronger side. I do regard Tiger Woods as  no loss but Dustin Johnson, for all his problems, is one of the world’s best and will be missed. [...]

September 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Scoring your card

Jamie Donaldson cemented his Ryder Cup place and Hunter Mahan made a case for one by winning the Czech Masters and Barclays respectively. Both tourneys had an exciting final day. Steve Palmer picked Hunter Mahan because he likes and has won on the Ridgway track. My reasoning was different: he was [...]

August 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

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