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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

Rory Is back

I always thought that the break up of Rory McIlroy’s relationship with his childhood sweetheart was a tad simplistic a reason for loss of form and therefore when he called if off with Caroline Woznacki there would be not be a slump in form again. It seems I was proved right as Rory has [...]

May 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

RBC Heritage at Hilton Head

Luke Donald finished runner-up to Matt Kuchar in the RSA Heritage. Donald started the final day with a two shot lead, but double bogeyed on the 6 whilst Kuchar made a charge. Kuchar has a reputation for choking. At the Royal Melbourne, he double bogeyed the last hole to present the Australian Open [...]

April 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Worthy winner

Having recommended Bubba Watson as one of my picks and backed him at a juicy  25-1, I was delighted and he was a worthy winner. With his left-to-right fade, prodigious hitting and ability to conjure shots, he had all the elements in his bag to win. He is more Seve than Tiger and will prove a [...]

April 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Masters

The azaleas are out again for the most traditional and beautiful of all the Majors. It’s an open field that favours a power game and risk-taker. Players with a fine short game, like Mike Weir and Zach Johnson, have donned the green jacket but it’s usually a power-hitter. I would have [...]

April 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Mug’s game?

Yesterday I had lunch with an analyst from one of the largest bookmakers. I asked him  for his view on the the lack of betting regulation. He replied that, although betting does not have the compliance of the stock exchange, the industry takes dishonesty seriously and had its own monitoring and [...]

March 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

PGA wrap up

Matt Every did not seem to so much win the Arnold Palmer invitational at Bay Hill as Adam Scott lose it. The Aussie Master Champ only needed 2 par scores after the cut to win, but choked. The unknown Every, with only 90 tourneys in his golf bag, won it. He now has US$1m in his bank account. The [...]

March 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Accenture Matchplay

I am surprised that the Matchplay at Dove Mountian Arizona should be experiencing sponsorship problems with Accenure pulling out. It’s true that Tiger  Woods, now really a spent force, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott pulled out. Matchplay offers the head to head excitement, when the very best [...]

February 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Emiliano Grillo

I always find golf analyst Steve Palmer’s column in the Racing Post interesting. The guy is unapologetically a serial gambler and evokes the visceral excitement of it. Last week having correctly predicted George Coetzee would win the South African Open, he was only one shot away from a [...]

February 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

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