Its been a most satisfactory betting bank holiday with the accent on bank to date. A good pal of mine accompanied Ivan to the Brighton races . He is big on analysing data to extract the formula to win on PGA courses. I did ask him how that caters for the ball flying into a woody copse which then bounces off a branch onto the fairway such as happened to Harris English yesterday . He says this is factored in. I’m not so sure and prefer to let Jeremy Chapman and Steve Palmer pore over data in their own time. The Racing and Football tipster Jeremy Chapman predicted Jongchen Wang for the Mauritius Open and yesterday Chris Wood for the BMW event at Wentworth. He also tipped Jordan Spieth for the Colonial so he is in a rich vein of form.
We are all so pleased to see Jordan Spieth put his Masters debacle behind him. He hit 6 birdies on the back 9 to beat English by three strokes. On the 17th he hit a wayward pitch into some rough terrain to the left of the green. It was a tough lie but bless me if he does not sink the chip. He is the best at ” scrambling” even if tee to green he was wayward. Still just 22, he is the youngest to win 8 PGAs .
Over at Wentworth the third round leaders Scott Hend and Tyrell Hatton had a torrid time in the final day but Wood kept his nerve with a 69. The tall Bristolian must now be looking for a Ryder Cup position .
Next week Spieth comes up Jason Day in the Memorial with the likes of Ricky Fowler, Bubba Watson Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson also in the mix. All brewing up nicely for the US Open in mid June in the world ‘s toughest course . the Oakmont.
With my each way on Atletico and 2 big golf wins I enthusiastically suggested to Mrs P we went to Homebase today. Even after the Rattan garden chairs there should be more than enough in the kitty for a few spicy tickles on the Memorial.