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The sporting weekend

The benefit of keeping the wager to £10 was never better endorsed than in the German Open over the weekend. I backed Bryson Dechambeau, Patrick Reed and Paul Casey. All three were tidily placed in the top six before the final round. Reed was stung by a wasp which affected him. Dechambeau contrived [...]

July 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Molinari’s Open

After reading my guru’s Jeremy Chapman’s predictions for the Open – Koepka, Garcia, Fleetwood, Grace, Hatton,- I still had some cash in my betting account and was looking for a further tickle. I was attracted to Francesco Molinari at 28-1.  He had won the PGA Championship at Wentworth, a [...]

July 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

A viewer’s view

We coach potatoes have our likes and dislikes when it comes to commentators and analysts. I sometimes wonder that one of the reasons why the Rust advocates no attendance as it saves sending out the chief sports correspondent, normally one of the highest paid on the paper, possessed of a creative [...]

July 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

A sporting nomination

‘Each to their own’ and how ‘long is a piece of string?’ are two phrases that immediately come to mind when addressing the complex issue of which sport lends itself best to television coverage, not least because – well, apart from those who would bet on which of two flies was going to [...]

July 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Alpe d’Huez and 1st Day of Open

After such an enjoyable World Cup, I feared the After The Party syndrome but yesterday afternoon’s sport watched on the Pargiter sofa was as good as it gets. I settled on the crucial mountain stage of Alpe d’Huez. With its 21 hairpin bends and steepling ascents it would surely determine at the [...]

July 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

World Cup and golf

I predicted the French victory and had a pre-tourney tickle at 13-2. I’m part of my old school footie email group and was asked why I picked les Bleus. They offered the best value; the last 4 finals have been competed between European countries; Spain have been in decline since 2012; Bob [...]

July 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Is it me, or is this a sub-standard sporting year?

Pardon for me for saying it, but in recent weeks – and maybe I should be blaming personal reasons or preoccupations for this – I have found myself significantly underwhelmed so far by some of the most iconic sporting events of 2018. I watched little of the FIFA World Cup – just passages [...]

July 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

Francesco Molinari winning the Quicken Loans  on the USPGA  and Alex Noren the Open de France on the Ryder Cup  venue Le National near Paris is good news for the Britain and Europe chances. It was not so bad for me too  as for the second week runningJeremy Chapman bagged a winner in Noren.  In [...]

July 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Golfing weekend

After a near disaster in the US Open, I was back on track this weekend, so much so that I said to the missus: ‘Never mind, IKEA, we are shopping at Harrods now.’ Jeremy Chapman only picked the 1, 2 and 3 in the BMW German Open (Matt Wallace, Kerkonnen and Olesen) and 1 & 2 in the Travelers [...]

June 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

The US Open

The US Open may well be remembered for two things other than Brooks Koepka’s second successive triumph. The first is the Phil Mickelson incident and the second the severity of the course. For the benefit of our non-golfing aficionados, Mickleson on the 13th hole putted past the hole and then [...]

June 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

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