Does David Duval still play golf?

Does David Duval still play golf? The short answer is no, he doesn’t, at least not very often, professionally. In recent years, he has made the odd appearance on the PGA Tour, notably in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but has essentially been reliant on past champions’ and sponsors’ excemptions since losing his Tour card in 2011.

All told, Duval won 13 PGA Tour tournaments between 1997 and 2001, including the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, in which he eagled the final hole for a closing round of 59. However, his one and only major win, in the Open Champion at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2001, proved to be his swansong. Duval won one more tournament, the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour, on November 9, 2001 – the day on which he turned 30 – but thereafter, plagued by injuries, to his back, neck and wrist, he never won again.

Does David Duval still play golf? Winning his final tournament in Japan, rather than a more noteworthy tournament in say the USA may not have been the dream departure from high level golf for Duval, but at the same time it is a growing sport in a country that often defaults to more insular options like baseball, sumo wrestling or karate. Of course though it has to be said that Japan recently did a stellar job of hosting the 2020 Olympics (held in 2021 due to the pandemic delay) and so that may well have planted a seed for a number of new sporting pursuits in the country as well as gifted them a more global outlook. Indeed whether it’s sports, casinos like (with it’s mix of slots, roulette, card games and more) or technology, in general Japan is often now routinely at the forefront of it all. A fascinating country, and mix of tradition and modernity.

Following this win, his career nose-dived and, after 15 weeks ranked world number in 1999, by 2004 Duval was ranked outside the top 400 in the world. His decline continued, but he continued to play on the PGA Tour on medical and lifetime earnings’ exemptions. In 2010, two top ten finishes, including a second-place finish in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, really only prolonged the agony. In 2011, Duval managed just one top ten finish from 24 starts, lost his Tour card and failed to regain it at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Of course dipping from the highs to the lows in any sport takes some mental adjustment, as many sportsmen and women dedicate their entire lives and funnel all of their abilities into their career. It’s almost always much more time limited than an ordinary profession. The transition from elite level athlete or sportsman to a new career is often a road plagued with potential pitfalls and challenges too. Some of the more common options to transition into involve trying to stay in the sport, as say a commentator, or manager etc. This is more common in football and the like, but to an extent is true of all sports. After all who better to guide you through the trials and tribulations of a sport than someone who has already been there, done that and got the tshirt!

How many fights has Anthony Joshua lost in his professional career?

How many fights has Anthony Joshua lost in his professional career? Anthony Joshua is the unified world heavyweight champion, having held the IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO titles since 2019. Indeed, in 2021, Joshua and WBC title holder, Tyson Fury, signed up for a two-fight deal to determine the undisputed world heavyweight champion. That was, of course, before Deontay Wilder won his arbitration case for a third fight with Fury, which is now scheduled for October 2021. Likewise, Joshua in scheduled to defend his titles against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk in September 2021, so the eagerly-awaited showdown is on hold for the time being.

Anyway, to answer the headline question, at the time of writing, Anthony Joshua has fought 25 times as a professional, winning 24 times, including 22 knockouts. The sole defeat of his professional career came against American Andy Ruiz at Madison Square Garden, New York on June 1, 2019. Despite starting 25/1 underdog, Ruiz felled Joshua four times before the referee stopped the fight and awarded Ruiz victory, by technical knockout, in the seventh round. A rematch inevitably followed and, in the so-called ‘Clash On The Dunes’ in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, Joshua defeated Ruiz, by unanimous decision, to reclaim his heavyweight titles.

How many fights has Anthony Joshua lost in his professional career? What does this teach us? Well certainly that no fighter is unbeatable. No matter what previous pattern of easy wins has been apparent, there can always be surprises or underdog occurrences and that really is what at times makes boxing so unpredictable and captivating. It’s the same in the casino world, and plenty of will tell you so. People at a roulette wheel see red coming in X number of times are become convinced that either 1) the pattern will continue or 2) the next spin will be black. Of course though, as with boxing (though of course ability factors into boxing too) each ‘spin’ or ’bout’ is a separate event, and it pays not to imagine that we know how it’s going to unfold. In realistic terms if boxing were a casino game it’d be more like poker though. Strategy, a poker face, raw ability and a pinch of luck all go into the mix. And of course boxing and casinos are actually a fit that goes back many decades. Just look to Vegas, and also casinos routinely sponsoring big fights.

So what next for Anthony Joshua? Well, many eagerly anticipate a match up with the undefeated Tyson Fury. The fight has been on the cards for years and tantalizingly close to happening at times, only for boxing politics to get in the way. With the storm that Covid brought to the world of sport over the past couple of years, any hope of much anticipated bouts coming to fruition has been put firmly on the back burner. Sure we’ve had some fights of note, but if anything the biggest bouts of late have been novelty fights in nature, featuring Youtube celebrities like Jake and Logan Paul. Sure, it’s easy money for them but possibly a slight concern for boxing that fights not exactly based around ability have top billing at the present time. Hopefully as the general health and vaccinated situation improves, we’ll be back to having some brawls that go down in history before long.


Major favourites and top runners in the field for the 2021 Betfair Sprint Cup Stakes

Haydock will open its doors for a weekend of flat race festivities in early September, culminating in what’s sure to be a dramatic dash for first place in the 2021 Betfair Sprint Cup.

Horses aged three and up will be eligible to compete for the £162,000 prize over six furlongs come September 4, with a David Bowie-inspired frontrunner already nosing in front of the crowd.

The Merseyside meet takes a little more than one minute from start to finish, which is why the Haydock Sprint Cup is so highly favoured as a big betting event in the calendar. considers the lineup as things stand and breaks down the top odds available with a little more than a week until the race.


Starman (11/4)

Take your protein pills and put on your helmet, because Starman is considered the favorite to win the Sprint Cup this year by horse betting profis and the odds only increase over time.

Ed Walker’s entry has now moved to less than 3/1 odds despite placing third in the Larc Prix Maurice de Gheest in August, when an extra half-furlong ultimately made all the difference.

Still, the potential is clear for a four-year-old who stormed to his maiden Group 1 victory in the July Cup Stakes at Newmarket one month prior:


The BBC provided quotes from jockey Tom Marquand after that race, who gushed: “He’s very inexperienced compared to a lot of these, but this horse is an absolute star.”

Marquand has been in the saddle for four of Starman’s five career wins and looks likely to be back aboard at Haydock.


Dragon Symbol (4/1)

Beaten by a little more than a length in those July Cup Stakes, Archie Watson-trained Dragon Symbol comes next in the odds despite failing to win any of his last five races.

The most recent of those close calls came in the form of a third-place finish at the Nunthorpe Stakes in August, when a certain Winter Power had the legs to finish first:




Dragon Symbol has divided his time between five and six furlongs to date, but the latter is where he looks more at home, and there’s no doubt he belongs among the elite despite the win drought.


Creative Force (8/1)

The price then doubles for the Betfair Sprint Cup Stakes as Creative Force approaches September 4 as an 8/1 contender.

Charlie Appleby’s charge was another who was among the field when Starman won the July Cup Stakes several months ago, which ended a post-gelding streak of four straight wins.

Creative Force came close to ending that sour patch in the Unibet Lennox Stakes at Goodwood later in July, only for Kinross to edge ahead and steal the win by a neck:




The upper group challenges have thrown the three-year-old in the deep end to date, but over six furlongs, this 8/1 sleeper could be worthy of a punt, with William Buick among his potential riders.


2021 Betfair Sprint Cup Stakes – Odds Leaders

Team Odds
Starman 11/4
Dragon Symbol 4/1
Creative Force 8/1
Kinross 8/1
Gustavus Weston 10/1
Glen Shiel 10/1
Art Power 12/1
Happy Romance 20/1
Chil Chil 20/1
Supremacy 20/1

Which was the highest scoring FA Cup match this century?

Which was the highest scoring FA Cup match this century? The Football Association (FA) Challenge Cup was inaugurated in 1871 and in its long, illustrious history has seen several eye-watering scorelines. The highest scoring FA Cup match ever was a first round encounter between Preston North End and Hyde at Deepdale on October 15, 1887, which the home team led 12-0 at half-time and went on to win 26-0. Indeed, seven years later, the Lilywhites were at it again, with an 18-0 thrashing of Reading, also in the first round, at Deepdale on January 27, 1894.

However, since the turn of the twenty-first century, the highest scoring FA Cup match took place between Torquay United, of the National League, and Crawley Town, of League Two, at Plainmoor on November 8, 2020. In a bizarre clash, the Gulls led 2-0 at half-time, but shortly afterwards visiting goalkeeper Tom McGill was knocked unconscious, leading to a lengthy suspension of play. Tom Nichols’ penalty gave the Reds hope and they duly equalised deep into stoppage time. However, there was still time for a goal at either end, thereby sending the tie into extra-time after 111 minutes played. Torquay led 5-3, courtesy of two penalties from Asa Hall, but were again pulled back by Nicholls, who scored twice to complete his hat-trick, before Crawley striker Ashley Nadesan made it 5-6 with just two minutes of extra-time remaining.

Which was the highest scoring FA Cup match this century? The FA Cup of course isn’t the only football competition with mind boggling scorelines. Indeed over the years in the UEFA Champions League we have seen impressive goal fests too. It was only September last year that we witnessed Bayern Munich trounce Barcelona in a seemingly improbable 8-2 drubbing. That knockout game left no doubt as to who deserved to continue in the competition. Perhaps most surprising though is that this four goals a half thriller was not even the highest scoring game in UEFA Champions League history.

In fact the game was the third highest scoring in the history of the competition. The prize for second highest scoring game goes to Monaco’s famous 8 – 3 victory against Deportivo in 2003. 11 goals in 90 minutes is near unrivaled entertainment for those watching (unless they are Deportivo fans of course!). The highest scoring game bar none though goes to Dortmund with a 8 – 4 in against Legia Warszawa on 22/11/2016. This group game brought us an astonishing 12 goals, which pretty much shows that anything is possible in the beautiful game.

Being well versed in the art of outliers such as these goal fests can be handy when it comes to placing a bet. Often people draw limits in their mind as to how a game will pan out but realistically there is sometimes far more scope for variation than the average football fan sees. Those ‘ahead of the game’ in terms of how they saw the result going can often get great odds over those who go for a more safe and predictable outcome. Sure when you go the ‘outsider’ route it naturally follows that your selection is going to come in less frequently, but it comes down to value over time, and if your bet has a significantly greater chance of coming up than the odds suggestion, you should still do it because in the long run it will pay off financially.



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