We’re testing Peter Baker’s professional knowledge this summer for a collection of noble causes. Its Majors time and a repeat for something we did this time last year which is all good fun but wasn’t an overwhelming success. Seeing as how it’s all for charity as well, we must do better this year.

Peter is pitting his wits against our MG ambassadors, our valued team of guys who help us deliver the magazine each month. All they have to do is each place a couple of bets on each major, MG goes down the bookies and places them – plus as it’s Ryder Cup year, we’re doing a predict the score from Paris too.

Peter Baker

£25 will be wagered on each event, and whoever comes out on top with the highest collective winnings by October will scoop the full pot and donate it to their chosen charity.

  • Predictions were made on the week of March 19th-23rd

Peter Baker’s picks & reasons

Masters –   TO WIN  Justin Thomas     EACH WAY BET Jordan Spieth

“Thomas is a man on form and a long straight hitter too, which is a big thing at Augusta. I just can’t ignore Jordan either, such a great record here.”

US Open   WIN Phil Mickleson     EACH WAY Dustin Johnson

“Purely for sentimental reasons and also as he’s a winner again at last, Phil is surely destined to win one US Open? Shinnecock is pretty linksy too which should help him further.”

Open Championship WIN Jon Rahm   EACH WAY Justin Rose

“Back to the Europeans on the toughest of Open venues. After his Irish Open win last year Rahm knows how to play links. And Justin Rose, I fancy him for an Open soon.”

US PGA    WIN Rory Mcllroy   EACH WAY Rickie Fowler

“I’m gambling that by August Rory might be back on form at last! *Plus Rickie’s another one who has come so close so many times, a major win must happen soon.”

*Peter recorded this conversation before the recent Bay Hill Invitational won by Rory Mcllroy!*

Ryder Cup Score – Europe 16-12 USA – Chosen Charity – Compton Hospice – Wolverhampton

THE AMBASSADORS

Chris Bates – Coventry & Warwickshire Ambassador – Known by us affectionately as ‘The Odds God’ Chris, a Coventry GC member proved that to be correct in 2017 at the very last minute as his E/W bet at the USPGA, Justin Thomas romped to victory with a final round charge. Chris scooped the full winnings, donating £220 to the Alzheimer’s Society and is ready to go again this year.

Masters   TO WIN  Bubba Watson   EACH WAY Tyrell Hatton

US Open   WIN Rory Mcllroy  EACH WAY Jon Rahm

Open Championship WIN Justin Rose  EACH WAY Jordan Spieth

US PGA    WIN Rickie Fowler  EACH WAY  Justin Rose

Ryder Cup Score Europe 14.5 v 13.5 USA – Chosen Charity – Alzheimer’s Society

Neil White/Mark Johnson – Worcs Ambassadors – Neil and Mark, both members of BUNGS share a delivery route for us, so they share this too. They are hoping for a better showing this year than they managed in 2017.

Masters   TO WIN  Dustin Johnson   EACH WAY Tiger Woods

US Open   WIN  Justin Rose  EACH WAY Tiger Woods

Open Championship WIN Tommy Fleetwood    EACH WAY Tiger Woods

US PGA    WIN Justin Thomas    EACH WAY Tiger Woods

Ryder Cup Score Europe 15-13 USA   – Chosen Charity – Breast Cancer Support (BUNGS captain’s charity for 2018)

Paul Spooner – Black Country and N Birmingham ambassador – Paul, who is a Walsall GC member and WAGS society member has taken the place of the editor for this year, because the editor wasn’t very good either! Good luck Paul, (he’s the one on the left!)

Masters   TO WIN  Dustin Johnson   EACH WAY Tiger Woods

US Open   WIN  Tiger Woods  EACH WAY Hideki Matsuyama

Open Championship WIN Rory Mcllroy EACH WAY Matt Fitzpatrick

US PGA   WIN  Jordan Spieth   EACH WAY Justin Thomas

Ryder Cup Score – Europe 15.5 v USA 12.5  –  Chosen Charity – Cancer Research

Tony Rogers – MG’s Nottinghamshire ambassador – Another new contestant, Tony is the organiser of the Willowbrook GS and is a member at The Nottinghamshire.

Masters    TO WIN  Justin Rose   EACH WAY BET Phil Mickleson

US Open   WIN Jason Day   EACH WAY Hideki Matsuyama

Open Championship WIN Sergio Garcia   EACH WAY Tommy Fleetwood

US PGA    WIN Justin Thomas   EACH WAY Jordan Speith

Ryder Cup Score Europe 14.5 USA 13.5 –  Chosen Charity – Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

 

We’ll update the current winnings as each major passes – hope they are significant ones – good luck all

 

 

 

Feature

leamington

Another level – Leamington & County

Leamington and County GC has the experience of over 100 years of golfing tradition combined with a healthy modern attitude to bringing new golfers into the game.

Leamington have undertaken some course developments this year too, a slightly altered layout now exists with a re-route and two changed holes which include a new 18th. A joint editor’s visit was required to check it all out, Mandy and myself chose the hottest day of the year to do it!

Nuneaton GC – 2018 style

The fortunes of Nuneaton Golf Club are doing rather nicely of late, a rate of progress to compare favourably with their famous son. Locally born Andy Sullivan played his golf here from picking up a club at the age of ten. He still lives in the area and during his downtime away from the European Tour is often to be found on the fairways of Nuneaton, still playing money games with old mates.

Dannyal Spalding

Daanyal ready for a big year

MG are pleased to introduce a new young professional to our ranks. We met up with him at Four Ashes Golf Centre near Solihull earlier this month, Mandy chatted to him while we watched him take a few swings, take a look below.