Like most flutterers you only hear from me when I’m winning so I’m back after a successful weekend of punting.
The winner was Canadian Nick Taylor.
Don’t worry if you have not heard of him – nor had I.
He has not won anything since six years ago.
Mickelson is always worth backing at Pebble Beach, he has won there five times. Kevin Streelman likes the course. So do I – with its breakers, blue Pacific Ocean and rugged coast line.
The par three down to the headland is one of the great golf holes of the world.
I expected Lefty (Mickelson) to overhaul Taylor on the final round but – when he birdied – Taylor eagled. In the end he gave up the chase.
One of the attractions of golf is long odds.
Thus at 25-1 on Lefty and 40-1 on Streelman each way (paying five places) these can be lucrative.
My late pal Arthur Davidson would back the leader after Saturday, normally at 3-1, and annoy me on the Monday when we chatted by boasting he had the winner.
If I was a professional gambler I might take up his strategy. With Storm Ciara I was happy enough to watch the glorious Pebble Beach course though most of the players were in sweaters.
A word with Ivan Conway persuaded me to back the draw v Watford.
Brighton are goal-shy so it took an own goal in the second half to level the scores and bring home the bacon.