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Putting in and lucking out

“Dipstick. Naive, optimistic, fat worthless, optimistic dipstick. McDowell set up a million birdie chances with brilliant approaches but suffered what he later described as one of the worst putting weekends of my career.  The Northern Irishman only needed to up and down from the edge of the 18th hole to claim a share of third, but he bemusingly opted to putt through a few yards of lush fringe, came up well short, needed two more jabs and finished, given the way leading luck is treating me in sixth place. Sixth ruddy place.”

These are the words penned by Steve Palmer in the Racing Post after the Irish Open 10 days ago. He could have won £3808.50 had McDowell putted better and as much as £51000 if his double with Aaron Baddeley in the Travellers came off. I only had £5 each way so when I watched the very same incident I felt peeved and muttered a mild expletive as to why the Irishman in his home country Open should be so daft as to use the flat stick off green after it had served him so badly on it.

But is this bad luck?  It might be if the ball lipped out of the cup but on G-Mac’s admission he played badly.  Perhaps more relevantly Palmer’s pick did not materialise. All gamblers have a troubled relationship with lady luck.  For the Quicken Loan classic last week Palmer recommended Noh. I had more enjoyment from his words than money from his recommendations but, with my normal £5, I was prepared to have a tickle on the young Korean. He was actually leading the round at one stage and seemed a slam dunk cert for a top 5 place going into the final round of the challenging Congressional course. Then he double bogeyed on 3 holes and fimshed 24th. Justin Rose won it.


If I had to advise on a bet it would be to lay against Tiger Woods winning the forthcoming British Open at Hoylake. Tiger may not have lost his mojo for ever but  he is not the awesome force he was. Quite simply if he is going into the final round in his red and black outfit, which brash Patrick Reed emulated,  he is not the   feared competitor he once was . Nonetheless as he still the dominating personality the odds will be short. I would also advise  backing Jordan Spieth whose amateur record is as good as Tiger’s as he will surely win a tourney sooner rather than later. Most of all I would recommend the late boxing promoter’s life advice

” a betting shop is one where 3 tills take your money and one gives it back.”


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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