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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

The Open: final day and verdict

It is instructive for us flutterers to revisit the Racing Post betting guide to the Open. On the back page the experts from various betting companies make their predictions. Alex Noren Not one chose Collin Morikawa nor Louis Oosthuizen. Alex Noren was a popular choice. He did not feature. Without [...]

July 19, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Open: competitors and coverage.

Saturday is known as ‘moving day’ but in truth it was more or less the same leaderboard at the end of the day of Louis Oosthuizen, Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth. Oosthuizen and Spieth especially found it difficult. The problem with Spieth’s game these last three Major-less years is his [...]

July 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Open/First Round

Going to an event on the first day always generates an exciting anticipation on me. As I made my way on foot my mind went back to 1993 when  my father and I witnessed Greg Norman – so often the gallant loser – win the claret jug in a field where the top twelve were or became Major [...]

July 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Open

I was last at St George’s in 1993 when Greg Norman roasted the field. I followed him early and stayed with him to the 18th. Since then Ben Curtis and Darren Clarke have won the claret jug here. Like all links courses, it’s weather dependent: wind in your face – a wood, wind with you [...]

July 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

Pargie strikes again

For the second week running I napped the winner when Harris English won the play-off of the Travellers at the Highlands River Course in Connecticut over Kramer Hickok. Like all flutterers it’s never good enough, nor am I totally happy, as I was on Bubba Watson each way who bogeyed his last 5 [...]

June 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

The US Open

I was delighted that Jon Rahm won his first Major and become the first Spaniard to do so for many reasons, not least as I backed him. He should have won the Memorial last week as he was six strokes clear before being tested positive for Covid prior to the final round but the bookies showed they [...]

June 21, 2021 // 0 Comments

Euros betting guide

Favourites rarely win international competitions and England never do,  so I eliminate the 5-1 joint favourites. The other favourites – France – can field Mbappe and Benzema up front and must be seriously considered but I’m looking for more value with Portugal at 9-1 and Italy at [...]

June 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

My golfing weekend

At last a winner for me at the Memorial, the Jack Nicklaus invitational to his own-designed course. It was not achieved in the most auspicious of circumstances as on Saturday Jon Rahm led by 6 strokes only to be tested Covid positive and therefore unable to play the final day. I was on Patrick [...]

June 8, 2021 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

My 11-1 tickle on Jordan Spieth for the Charles Schwab US PGA event at Fort Worth looked winnable as he was leading by one shot from Jason Kokrak going into the final round. He bogeyed 3 of the first 4 holes and finished two shots behind Kokrak. Spieth was a prolific winner of tourneys as a junior [...]

May 31, 2021 // 0 Comments

THE US PGA/Kiawah Island

Phil Mickelson became the oldest golfer at 50 to win a major, his sixth. Only 11 have won more. Fans and followers will recall a wonderful last round duel with Henrik Stensen in the Open and at Kiawah Island he had to hold off the challenge of 4-time major winner Brooks Koepka. Perhaps it was the [...]

May 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

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