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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

My sporting weekend

I have been “off the air” these past weeks largely because I have been unsuccessful in my golf wagers. However this weekend I backed the Italian Francesco Laporta (50-1), who finished third in the Dubai championship won by Dane Joachim Hansen, and also had an each way tickle on Carmen Tringale [...]

November 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Spanish Open

The Open Espana was won by Rafa Cabrero Bello in a play-off over Arni Arnaus which was bad for me as I backed Arnaus, fortunately each way. The denouement was most exciting. Both players were leading the field at -19 at the 18th. Cabrero hit a wayward drive leaving him with a near impossible [...]

October 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

Poring over the Ryder Cup entrails.

The headlines have been devastating: “Dire Straits” “Slaughter by the water” And I have to say much of the criticism of captain Padraig Harrington is justified. In particular his decision to confine himself to three wild cards (previous captain Thomas Bjorn had four and USA skipper [...]

September 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

USA set to regain Ryder Cup

With their lead now extended to 6 points (11-5), the USA now only need 3 1/2 points in the singles to regain the Ryder Cup. Finally in the afternoon four balls the Europeans showed some defiance drawing 2-2. To some consternation – but not mine – Rory Mcilroy was dropped in the morning [...]

September 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

Ryder Cup day one: USA 6 Team Europe 2

The boys in the clubhouse gave me quite a bit of gyp for my betting support of the American team. I do want Europe to retain the Ryder Cup but I do not believe they will as the USA have the superior team. The morning press drew hope from the continuing spat between Brooks Koepka and Bryson [...]

September 25, 2021 // 0 Comments

Ryder Cup Review

I have placed my bets – a USA win: a victory of 15 1/2 to 12 1/2 or  15-13; and Patrick Cantlay as top rookie. The two captains have made their opening foursome picks. British golf clubs are totally familiar with the two-ball foursome – some even insist on it – the Americans less [...]

September 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

Golfing weekend & Ryder Cup build up

I swerved the Fortinet US PGA event last weekend which was not my greatest call as the analyst in the Racing and Football Outlook predicted the winner Max Homa and the third place at a tasty each way price Chilean Mito Pereira. I bet Jon Rahm wished he had done the same. The Spaniard missed the cut [...]

September 21, 2021 // 0 Comments

Let battle commence

Padraig Harrington announced his team after Billy Horschel won the European flagship event, the BMW at Wentworth. In a perfect world he would have hoped that Bernd Weisberger would not have been an automatic qualifier and Shane Lowry would. The end result was that the Open winner of 2018 would be a [...]

September 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

US Ryder Cup team

US captain Steve Stricker has picked his team:- Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Xavier Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler, Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka, Bryson Dechambeau, Danny Berger, Jordan Spieth, Harris English, Patrick Cantlay. He has gone for PGA form over Ryder Cup experience as 6 of them are [...]

September 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

There is always someone worse off and in a relatively unproductive betting weekend that person was Austrian golfer Bernd Wiesberger. He was one stroke ahead in the European Masters at Crans Switzerland when he hit the water on the 18th and 20 years old Dane Rasmus Hojgaard in the clubhouse at -13 [...]

August 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

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