Ryder Cup 2016

4 Bets to Watch Sergio Garcia to be Europe’s Top Scorer Much has been made of the six rookies in the European ranks, and perhaps rightly so. But given over half the points could be won by just eight players, it may instead be worth focusing on the incredible experience in the rest of the European ranks. Given this, one expects that those half dozen will get more than their fair share of game time. At 6/1 with our good friends at Ladbrokes, Sergio Garcia has to be the bet to net the most blue points. Dustin Johnson to be America’s Top Scorer Perhaps a surprise favourite ahead of Mr Spieth, DJ had a wonderful year on the PGA, winning... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
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USPGA Championship

Ringoed by Zika So the Major that was all about a final chance to earn crucial Ryder Cup points, has been moved forward a fortnight to accommodate a tournament nobody is now going to, in the process removing the only bit of gloss that stops it being known as the ‘Ringo’ of the golf majors. Well done everyone! And so to New Jersey, for the Major of the year that always delivers drama. Still exhausted from Mickelson / Stenson’s duel in the slightly overcast etc etc? Toughen up because we go again, and we go big. Particularly as it was Mickelson who won at Baltustol the last time the tournament was played there in 2005. Although you suspect that for... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
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The Open Championship 2016

No Zika, No Fun, No Tiger Given one assumes Tiger Woods already possesses most sexually-related diseases under the sun, the path could be clear for a triumphant Eldrick summer in Brazil. With every other professional steering clear, Tiger could sweep the field, win by 15 shots, and recreate the good old days. No Zika at Royal Troon this week, and no Tiger either. What there may well be however, is a lot of wind, possibly from the Sky, which for the first time ever will be broadcasting the event (see what we did there.) Whether Peter Aliss has even been told, or will just continue as usual, we await to see. It has been 12 years since Troon hosted the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
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US Open Golf 2016

Not more Sport A tough diary means the US Open clashes with the busiest weekend of Euro 2016, the ¼ Finals of the Copa America, not to mention the vital Australia-England Rugby Union clash. Those with wives, or perhaps even lives, may have to sacrifice much of this one, although the time difference, means it fits quite nicely between the football on various continents. Oakmont demands great putting, and nobody puts like Jordan Spieth. Did a pretty good job defending his Masters title, and he will certainly be there or thereabouts again. And what about Rory? A good win at the Irish Open in a fairly mundane field, but he still seems to lack the mental strength that means he... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2016
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The Masters 2016

Failing to see the Woods for the Geraniums It has been a while since there has been this level of excitement around a golf major, and many years indeed since the excitement did not effectively coalesce around one man – Tiger Eldrick Woods. But here we are – the Day, McIlroy, Spieth triumvirate expected to be played out all the way through until Sunday night, and for once, nobody has barely noticed that the Tiger will not be on the prowl. After back-to-back victories at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Dell Match Play (and six wins in his last 13 tournaments), it is little surprise Jason Day is going out as favourite. Runner-up by two strokes on his Augusta... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 7th, 2016
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Davis Cup Final 2015

Flashback – Buster who? Name your favourite Buster. Buster Keaton for the educated. Buster Capp for those who like their cartoons. Dolly Buster indeed, for those who like their porn. But for the upcoming weekend, buy shares in Buster Mottram, the last British man to win a point in a Davis Cup final (1978 against the USA.) He will be all over the news like Islamism. Due to the sort of political views that make jokes like that seem mild, Mottram has long fallen foul of the middle class luvvies at Wimbledon. Whilst BNP Paribas are allowed to sponsor various tournaments, tennis has little time these days for the actual BNP. Little chance of Andy Murray being treated in the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, November 26th, 2015
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USPGA Championship 2015

Europeans Set to keep on Whistling To Whistling Straits then, where the final major of the year is to be contested. An American winner would be the first Yank clean sweep of the Majors since 1982, the year Craig ‘the Walrus’ Stadler won the Masters, and Tom Watson reigned supreme at both Opens (Raymond Floyd won the PGA.) So can anyone stop Speith? And if they can, will it be someone who isn’t American? Despite winning the first two Majors of the season, and putting up a decent show at St Andrews, the return of McIlroy in his threeball means, Speith wont have the media glare too intense. 10th last week at the Bridgestone was a nice warm-up and it... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2015
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The Open Championship 2015

Showdown – Jordan Spieth vs Rory McIlroy Oh Rory. Oh 5aside football. And despite the McIlroy camp presenting the young Ulsterman as gutted not to be defending his Open Championship crown, the truth is, it may just spare him from another crushing blow to his World no1 status. Having lost out to Jordan Spieth in the last two majors, if the Yank was to errr yank Rory’s home major out of his mits, there would really be no doubt where the power shift lies. At least now if the young upstart takes the trophy back to the other side of the Atlantic, at least McIlroy can blame his own absence or the dog eating his homework. But does Spieth have... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, July 10th, 2015
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US Open 2015

Professional Golfers Forced to Play Tough Course Shock Its hardly sweating on a plantation, but the way members of the PGA have been bitching about Chambers Bay Golf Course, anyone would think they had all been transported on a rickety boat over the Mediterranean to pick cockles for the weekend. Yet assuming there are no fatalities, the tough golf course should make for a fascinating four days. And all eyes will be on Tiger Woods, as rubber-necking viewers wait to see if he can sink any lower, and maybe even hit a round in the 90s, to make them all feel better about their own game. Yet if this course is all about strategy, imagination, shaping shots etc., Woods may... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
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Augusta 2015

4 to Watch 1) Back Dustin: Sport loves a good narrative, and there is nothing better than the talented young buck, stumbling over personal demons, only to return triumphant. And with good old Tiger failing to learn those lines right now, it could be left to Dustin Johnson to fill the role. The languid farm-boy from Carolina even seems to have conquered his own risk-indulgency on the course (whilst off it he has given up jet-skiing), and his victory in the WGC a fortnight ago was delightful. On a course that rewards draw and high ball trajectory, 19 at Betfair looks to be the bet of the week. And who doesn’t want to see Wayne Gretsky and his new grandchild... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
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