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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

Time to assess

I was in high dudgeon in the Pargiter household after our daughter Emily’s engagement was called off by her fiance Dean, who is assistant pro at Moor Allerton. I suggested that, like Rory, he might go on to win his next three tourneys and £5m. My missus said I was bringing an unwelcome [...]

August 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

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

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