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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 Cantlay, lying second, with Collin Morikawa who fought out the final day – Cantlay winning the play-off.

Cantlay is one of a group of young American aspirants alongside Morikawa who has already won a Major, the PGA last year  Scottie Scheffle who was challenging at Memorial till he faded, Cameron Champ and Matt Wolfe.

Cantlay and Morokawa should make the Ryder Cup team but I fancy captain Steve Stricker will want more experience in his six picks and go for Patrick Reed who makes such an excellent pairing with fellow Texan Jordan Spieth.

I predict this team:

Dustin Johnson , Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth , Patrick Cantlay, Daniel Berger, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Jason Kokrak, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele

The win of Cantlay – and Patrick Reed finishing in the top seven for my each way tickle – gives me a nice war chest and excuse to avoid a trip to the garden centre.

I was amazed to see England as favourites for the Euros as I thought the days of patriotic betting were over and I will place the Pargie tenner on Portugal at 9-1.

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

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