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Ryder Cup / Day One

Team Europe established a commanding lead (6 and a 1/2 v. 1 and a 1/2) but you cannot yet call this winning as there is a scenario whereby the USA could come back today winning say 5-3 and are back in the game. I do not think this will happen as 1) Luke Donald is a better captain than Zack Johnson, [...]

September 30, 2023 // 0 Comments

Ryder Cup Review

The bookies have both sides almost identical which seems right. The Americans have the world number one – Scottie Scheffler – who is experiencing putting problems and has never played a Ryder Cup foursomes – and number five Patrick Cantlay, meanwhile the Europeans have numbers [...]

September 28, 2023 // 0 Comments

The Open

Much of the build up to the 151st Open at Hoylake focussed on Rory McIlroy who has now gone 13 years without winning a Major. His defenders – of whom there are many – argue that he consistently hits the top ten and wins other tourneys and loads of moolah. Others argue that he has been [...]

July 22, 2023 // 0 Comments

Great sporting duels

The Tour de France duel between Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej  Pogacar – which the former is currently shading by a small lead – has made me recall and share great ones of the past. In boxing one thinks of Ali v Frazier – or before them – the brutal 3 bouts between Tony ‘Man [...]

July 7, 2023 // 0 Comments

The U S Open

The US Open was won by a relatively unknown Wyndham Clark – holding off the challenge of Rory McIlroy, who once again faltered in his final round and the in-form Scottie Scheffler. It was held at the prestigious Los Angeles Country Club but only had 4,000 spectators outside sponsors and club [...]

June 20, 2023 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on LIV/PGA/DP World Tour

They say God lives in the details but if so where is his Divine Presence in the above merger? No one seems to know how the ‘framework agreement’ will work in practice. Superficially, it’s about Saudi Arabia money and soft power versus greedy golfers. However, LIV is not just about lucre [...]

June 9, 2023 // 0 Comments


Brooks Koepka won his third PGA trophy – known as the Wanamaker – and therefore became the first LIV Player to win a Major. There are some, like Colin Mongomerie and Lee Westwood, that have never won a Major and others who are unlikely to win a further one (Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and [...]

May 22, 2023 // 0 Comments

Jon Rahm‘s Green Jacket

Jon Rahm was a worthy winner of the Masters. The weather played a big part – at one point trees were felled by a storm. Rahm’s game held and he easily overhauled Brooks Koepka in the final round. It was an intriguing contest, not least as Rahm has not signed up for LIV, for whom Koepka [...]

April 10, 2023 // 0 Comments

Gleneagles Hotel

Bob Tickler had it right. After the student accommodation, the Rust Group felt they were entitled to some pampering and where better to get it than the Gleneagles Hotel? It’s the place where the Gleneagles Agreement – effectively banning apartheid South Africa from sport – was [...]

July 23, 2022 // 0 Comments

Goodbye Gleneagles, hello Hotel Balmoral Edinburgh

We were all sad to leave the luxurious Gleneagles. No wonder it hosts so many events. In fact the Head of Events Charlotte is the niece of a friend of Bob Tickler and when we met her she explained that security – including detailed vetting of herself – was a vital feature of putting on [...]

July 21, 2022 // 0 Comments

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