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 to drop 5 shots in the last 4 holes. He is called the mad scientist for his cerebral approach to golf – all his clubs are the same length – but he looked more a part timer on the Boreham Wood municipal course than ranked number 23 in the world as his shot selection and judgment were atrocious.
Journeyman Richard McEvoy won the event but it was more a case of Dechambeau losing it. He finished up eighth, as did Paul Casey who three putted on the 18th green coating me my each way bet on a top six finish.
Never mind as Dustin Johnson won his third event the Canadian Open albeit at a skinny price. When DJ is on his A game he is invincible and won by a comfortable three shots.
Laying the favourite Crystal Ocean who was beaten by Poet’s Word in the Diamond Stakes at Ascot in an exciting head-to-head brought in some moolah and a palliative for my man Niboli being forced to quit le Tour through a spectator caused injury.
Before we know it the Championship begins next weekend and the Premier the following one.
I do not like long term bets but Alan Tanner says Fulham after their season mirabilis and strengthened by the signing of Mitrovic, Le Marchand and Seri from Nice will get off to a solid start but I’m more fearful that second season syndrome will blight Brighton and Huddersfield.