Yesterday made for excruciating listening and watching. Right up until the 71st hole I was a-hoping and a-praying that Phil would hold them all off but just like one of Rons hotpots he fell at the last hurdle. Nevermind, I will be getting ready for this weeks exciting adventure tomorrow and its The Players Championship.
That tournament signals the halfway point in the season, a season that from this point on actually crams more pressure in it than the first half, given that we still have three majors to take part in, followed by about 60 players all scrambling to get into those coveted top 125 places that are fully exempt and given that in reality, there are 225 players vying for those spots then you can imagine it gets a bit tight.
Not to blow my own trumpet too loudly but I thought I would just put a few statistics together concerning the first half season.
When I first spoke to Ron about doing this column his automatic response was straightforward “knock yourself out, kid, go for it” Having known Ron for several years now when the “affable” scouser says something like that you know there is far more too it than meets the eye, and for those of you that actually havent met him, this strongly built man of 6 feet and plenty and a handshake to be a match for many a blacksmith I know, will gently put you at ease with that soft Liverpool drawl that is more Chester than Knotty Ash and quietly remind you it’s all in the detail. “Treat it as a horserace ” then he thought about it for a few minutes and quickly said “no perhaps not, even I have never tried bringing 156 horses together 4 days before the race and getting them to jump 72 fences without knowing the ground conditions, then designating a potential winner or “two” He then turned about face saying”hmmmm ok. Leave it up to you then, “with a broad grin slathering from ear to ear, which basically said rather you than me
So over the last 15 weeks we have tried to find our way through a minefield. Fundamentally, who`s hot and who`s not. Now, unlike horse racing (which also is first past the post), they dont actually have a man that says halfway round “hang on ole chap your not playing so well this week, perhaps you should have the weekend off. BYE, you`ve missed the cut ”
I was absolutely staggered to find that 84.6% of my selections got through the cut, culminating this weekend in all eight of them getting through, making it the first ever 100% to get past the first hurdle. And it showed a third and three sixth`s, with two companies I know paying first 6 places 1/4 of the odds .
What I am really proud of though is two firsts Adam Scott at 30/1 and Billy Horschel at 35/1. With yesterday’s near miss, along with Charley Hoffman holding out till the 65th hole and Brandt Snedeker holding out till the 70th, we are getting seriously close to serious money. Then there was languid Fred, I nearly had a heart attack with Fred Couples at the Masters I backed him at 150/1 looking good until the 12th hole last day
15 take home bets in total. Lets see how we do second half.
Talk to you when your older
Michel-Jean Caule de Marolan