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When it comes to golf coverage in the media two players  dominate: Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Rory has not won a Major for 4 years and I don’t think will add to his total of 4. He has blown up on the fourth round several times this year. Nor do I think Tiger will add to his 14 but he is coming close to winning a US PGA event. He finished second in the PGA at Bellerive, St Louis. The problem for both is the younger golfing world has caught them up.

One such young Turk is Brooks Koepka who now had 3 Majors in his golf bag adding the PGA to his 2 US Opens.

He plied his trade on the European Tour which is like a starlet of Chelsea going out on loan. He is super fit, works out in the gym with his big buddy Dustin Johnson who only has the one – the US Open – but he has admitted to the press he finds golf boring.This disdain means he does not get the coverage of Tiger making his comeback after a serous back problem or the bubblier Rory.

Of the other youngsters Jordan Spieth has lost his mojo, Bryson DeChambeau is bit of a mad professor, Jon Rahm cannot control his explosive temper, which leaves gutsy Patrick Reed who has just one Major and Justin Thomas who surely has a few more Majors in him. Watch out for Xavier Schauffele.

My guru Jeremy Chapman recommended Brooks Koepka so once again I trousered moolah. I’ve got enough in the account for a midweek trip to IKEA.

My daughter Tracey’s wedding to Jason – the assistant pro at Moor Allerton – is coming up so no doubt the bank of mum and dad will be forking out on a deposit. So all of this is welcome.

As for the PGA coverage there is only so much I can take of peering into my tablet for Eleven Sports. I missed Euan Murray and Jamie Donaldson is no Peter Alliss. I switched to Radio 5 as I like Iain Carter but the rest were pretty average. You never seem to hear a resonant voice with a humorous turn of phrase it’s all Medway accent and no laughs these days. I like a cheerful  know-all American too like Butch Harman or Jay Townsend.

The next golf event is the Ryder Cup. I must honour Phil Mickelson despite his efforts at hockey on the green in the US Open  for 11 consecutive picks on merit but he missed the cut and can only be captain’s choice  this year.

So it seems will be Ian Poulter and Pail Casey as Dane Thorbjen Olesen looks likely to be an automatic. A problem for Captain Thomas Bjorn is Sergio Garcia who has had a total loss of form since winning the Masters in 2017.

That is what married life can do to you I joked to Jason though my missus did not laugh.

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