The long golfing weekend
Both the European and USPGA are drawing to an end though the latter is enlivened by the $10m Fedex Cup. The feature of the PGA this past few months is the elevation of the form of Jason Day who has won one major and one other event, the Barclays. The only one of that group of 25/26 year olds of Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Ricky Fowler not to win a major is the dashing American. He won the Players at Sawgrass with a late surge and repeated this form yesterday in winning the Deutsche Bank in Boston. He shaded Henrik Stenson who has finshed second in his last two tourneys is always lethal this time of the year.
I’ve been following Jeremy Chapman who has a column in the Racing and Football Outlook. He backed Jason Day for the Barclays and Stenson for the Deutsche bank. The 6′ 3″ Swede was at his steely best with some superb approach play on Sunday night, the fourth round was played on Labor Day Monday. He and Fowler cut away from the field much as Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus did at Turnberry over 40 years ago which made for an enthralling encounter. On the par 3 16th hole Stenson hit the water, rather unluckily as he caught a gust of wind, to let Fowler in.
In Moscow Lee Slattery chipped in to beat argentine Goya in a reduced field. With no FedEx Cup most of the big players are enjoying a break.
Betting-wise I laid Stenson each way and backed Fowler at 3-1 before the final round. Irishman Michael Hoey came in third for my each way tickle. There was enough in the Pargiter fund to buy the missus some of her favourite fragrance.