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Sam Horsfield won the European Tour event the second leg of the British swing at the Forest of Arden.

When he was interviewed I was surprised to hear a distinct American twang. He had earned his trade on the U.S. College circuit.

Time was when a young aspiring British golfer had a different career trajectory.

His first experience of golf might well be nicking golf balls at the local municipal course, then he would hope as an apprentice pro he might win the Apprentice tournament along with 2000 other hopefuls and then work his way up the lesser tours.

Even if he made the European Tour the prize money is far less than the American. Even now with caddy expenses and travel and hotel costs, he might have to earn £100,000 before earning anything for himself.

Young Horsfield – like Luke Donald, and Rory McIlroy – will no doubt be based in the States.

My money was on Rasmus Hojgaard, a 19 year old Dane who is an impressive rookie.

He finished sixth making my each way bet my only golfing winner.

Over at the USPGA in Memphis, Justin Thomas won the St Jude/Fedex event.

Brooks Koepka returns to form after a dismal year carding a 62 which stands him in good stead to defend his USPGA title at the municipal Harding course in San Francisco.

I fancy Jon Rahm for this one but post-Tiger Woods it’s a far more open field.

Bryson DeChambeau has been making headlines with a public spat with Koepka.

Ricky Fowler is another returning to form and he would like to win his first Major. Rory has not won a Major since 2012 and is off form with poor iron play but that will not stop him from dominating the pre-tourney media coverage

I fancied Arsenal to get a result in the Cup Final as I’m no fan of Frank Lampard whilst Miguel Arteta looks to be the heir to Pep Guardiola.

At evens I laid Chelsea and Arsenal were deserved winners.

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