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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 and complained of a cold.  Max Homa is a fine young golfer but this week’s Ryder Cup was probably a bridge too early.

I expect him to feature in two years time in Italy.

It has not been the familiar build up of gung-ho speeches from American war heroes and spats in social media.

I was pleased US captain Steve Stricker preferred a more somber build up.

These patriotic exhortations tend less to inspire and more to goad a 40,000 crowd which already becomes too easily badly behaved.

Nicolas Colsaerts was on SKY  golf channel was referring to playing in hostile conditions he had never experienced before and would never wish to undergo again.

This is golf not an England match at Wembley.

The pairings will be interesting.

A reminder that the first two days are two-ball and four-ball matches.

Both captains are big on analytics number-crunching  individual performance against the course.

I am more of a chemistry man.

If you pair a slugger like Bernd Wiesberger with someone with a wonderful short game like Shane Lowry,  you have two rookies.

Better, in my view, to pair these two with a Ryder Cup veteran like Ian Poulter or  Rory McIlroy.

I like pairings by country like Rahm and Sergio Garcia.

Two players out of present form are Tyrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood so chances may be improved  by pairing one with the brilliant Norwegian Victor Novland who would know the Whistling Straits course well.

Last time Matt Fitzpatrick did not feature till the singles on the final day.

This is a bad strategy as it implies a lack of confidence and creates no experience.

Prediction? A narrow win for the USA simply because I cannot see their best players like Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Bryson de Chambeau and Jordan Spieth losing and their only weakness is the number of the team without Ryder Cup experience: Scott Scheffler, Xavier Schauffele, Harris English and Tony Finau.

These are however impressive golfers who know the course.

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