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Leopard Creek

If you asked me to name my favourite golf course it would not be the great American ones like Augusta, Pebble Beach nor Sawgrass, nor the Scottish links St Andrews, Carnoustie, Troon nor Muirfield, nor Royal St. George’s,  nor Birkdale, but Leopard Creek in South Africa. Why? It has something [...]

November 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Final day of the Masters

Dustin Johnson was a worthy wearer of the Green Jacket as he led from start to finish. Conscious that he had spurned the lead after 54 holes on 4 occasions the phlegmatic world number one must have been worried when he could feel the breathe of Cameron Smith and Sunjae Im in the opening 9 yesterday [...]

November 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

Third day of the Masters

The curious thing about the 5 co-leaders after Round Two is that they possess only two Majors between them, one each for Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas. Dustin’s only one Major  (The US open) in a career in which he has won 23 titles on the USPGA and amassed just under $60m is the strangest, [...]

November 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

Day two of the Masters

One of the emerging problems of a curtailed day is that you do not know the tourney leader till the middle of the next day. Thus Jon Rahm at -8 might well overhaul the 5 co-leaders as he has 6 more holes to play. There were two hilarious moment for me. The first  came when the always assertive [...]

November 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

Masters – first day

No sooner had Gary Player teed off to start the tourney then the heavens opened and we lost 3 hours of play. With an early sunset this meant that not all completed the 18. It is good to see the likeable Paul Casey leading the field at -7 and some of my each way picks – Webb Simpson and [...]

November 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

Previewing the Masters

The word surreal is often used to describe these pandemic times and it is appropriate for a 2020 golf calendar whose first major – the PGA – is normally the last, no Open at Royal St George’s and the Masters in November. So we are denied the normal preview about the April Azaleas in [...]

November 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

I am back to betting form again with an each way finish for young Spaniard Arni Arnaus in the Italian Open on the European Tour and betting against Manchester United in a dreadful match a goalless draw v Chelsea. My fancy Webb Simpson finished  out of the each way berths in the Zozo USPGA event at [...]

October 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Tyrell Hatton wins …and so do I

I have been silent on the Rust these past few weeks largely because my golfing punts have been unsuccessful. I returned with a bang yesterday when Tyrell Hatton, whom I backed at 16-1, w0n the prestigious PGA European tour event at Wentworth. He more or less led from start to finish, Victor Perez [...]

October 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

Assessing the US Open

Bryson DeChambeau may not be a popular champion but he is a worthy one. He was the only player to beat par. The critics call for a different ball and more testing lay outs to restrict his heavy hitting. True he missed 23 out of 56 fairways but if the powers that be tighten things up, knowing [...]

September 22, 2020 // 0 Comments


I was delighted when I was asked to post – not after but during the event – as any post mortem is inevitably coloured by a gambling near miss. Of the 4 Majors the US Open is the one the professionals like to win. The Masters is slightly up itself and its Southern Colonialism has in the [...]

September 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

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