There will not be any posts next week. I am going on holiday and taking a break from writing.
I leave you with one thought on volatility in sport…
I spent a very enjoyable time watching the golf at the Open at Royal Birkdale last weekend Spieth on the final day played an amazingly exciting round and ended up going on to win.
At hole 13:
He didn’t just miss the fairway
He hit the ball over 100 yards right of the fairway
So far away he eventually declared the shot unplayable and took a penalty, walked another 50 yards away from the hole and eventually hit the ball between some TV trailers on the practice ground.
He managed to finish that hole only 1 over, a bogey, a remarkable achievement
The next four shots were even more remarkable:
14th Hole 1 under, birdie
15th Hole 2 under, eagle
16th Hole 1 under, birdie
17th Hole 1 under, birdie
And by hitting par at the 18th, he took the championship.
Rory McIlroy was 5 over after 6 holes on the first day but went on a charge on the last day and despite losing a ball on the 15th, made eagle on 17 while Speith was in serious trouble on 13 and his odds of winning were tumbling fast from 100-1 to 20-1.
I like golf. But the volatility is what made the event so much fun to watch.