Matt Every did not seem to so much win the Arnold Palmer invitational at Bay Hill as Adam Scott lose it. The Aussie Master Champ only needed 2 par scores after the cut to win, but choked. The unknown Every, with only 90 tourneys in his golf bag, won it. He now has US$1m in his bank account. The tournament was also notable for Keegan Bradley’s return to form and the ongoing improvement of Jason Kokrak. Kokrak, like Peter Uhlein, is playing the European Tour to learn his craft, much as young premier talent in football gets put out on loan to championship clubs.
Next month we have the Masters and it’s a open field, as most are in the demise of Tiger Woods who may not even compete with his bad back. I fancy the big hitter Dustin Johnson, but working those those glass greens is going to be crucial here. Graeme Mcdowell looks to be our best British hope, but I have a sneaking fancy for Jordan Spieth. Harris English is another young American with a fine career ahead of him as he regular makes the cut. Of the Europeans, Victor Dubuisson has stared the year well but one would probably look to more experienced Ryder Cup players. One should also mention the rising Asian stars such as Ryo Ishikawa and Korean Kevin Na.
Steve Palmer, in his Racing Post column, was gloating as successful gamblers do in recommending last week John Senden at 120-1. I put my normal fiver on for a top 5 finish but Palmer, as he put it, made four bags (£4000). Judging by his other punts he needed this win. I put my fiver on Ishikawa for a top 10 finish and trousered all of £10. Thanks Steve.