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Pargie’s sporting weekend

It seeems strange to be just in August with all 4 Majors completed and into Fedex season. You might say business end as $15m awaits the FedEx rankings winner.

After yesterday’s tourney at the Liberty National at New Jersey the field narrows to 70 for the BMW at Medinah and the final one is the Tour Championship at Atalanta.

This is the first time its competed over 3 courses but that is not the only change. There is an inverted handicap system so the leader goes to Atalanta -10.

I suspect this is to fuse the event itself withe Fedex as last year’s won by Justin Rose there were two parallel competitions. None of my picks won me anything though Rose and Jason Kokrak went close.

Tiger Woods is out of the Fedex but he and Rory McIlroy still claim most of the headlines. It’s a shame that fine golfers like Mexican Abraham Ancer do not get more publicity or up and coming ones like young Americans Cameron Champ or Xander Schauffle and Cameron Smith from Australia are relatively unknown.

I was so pleased that Bryson de Chambeaud attracted the wrong sort of publicity for slow play. The rule is 40 seconds but he took over 2 minutes over several of his shots. It makes watching the game dull and is unfair to this fellow players. It also reflects the current tendency of sport stars to ignore rules and regulations if they do not suit them

I enjoyed the England victory over Wales but to the comments of Sandra McDonnell I would add that coming into World Cups in football England have often achieved positive results in friendlies only to lose out in the tournament itself. I expect the All Blacks to bounce back at Auckland in the Bledisloe Cup and then to set up a platform as eventual World Cup Champions.

I backed against Arsenal at Newcastle but the Magpies who lost will surely struggle and I thought Steve Bruce lucky to get the gig.

He is one of those managers that once in a job is immediately linked with another.

I was impressed by Manchester United but Frank Lampard looks like yet another legend beloved by fans who wont hack it particularly as Chelsea have a transfer ban but offloaded David Luiz and Eden Hazard.

As I came off the sofa at 9.00pm my missus asked me if it was garden centre week based on winnings. “No dear, B & Q .”

About John Pargiter

John Pargiter’s biggest claim to fame is his first-ever work experience job, as ‘legs’ (or runner) for Henry Longhurst. For many years he worked in insurance at Lloyds. After retiring he has returned to his favourite sport of golf and is a keen recreational sailor and grandparent. More Posts

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