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Whilst this year’s championship was neither memorable for spectator nor this flutterer it did produce a worthy winner in Justin Thomas who beat Will Zalatoris in a play off. He made up 8 strokes on Zalatoris in 10 holes

Though ranked third in the world – and now with 2 Majors – Thomas has not received due recognition. He also  seems an all round good guy thanking his caddie  Jim “Bones” Mackay  who parted with Phil Mickelson on very bad terms

Like Scottie Scheffler he is a golfer with no obvious weakness and his course management over 4 rounds is superior to Rory McIlroy’s who one again fluffed his lines.

There was an incident on Saturday which reflected golf’s problem as a spectator sport.

Will Zalatoris hit a drive out of bounds and had to take a drop on a path.

It took some 12 minutes – much of it in discussion with a match referee – before Zalatoris played his shot, holding up his fellow pair and those behind.

Although he executed a sublime chip it was tedious stuff and the authorities must get a stronger grip on time keeping.

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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