Sounds like I stirred it up last week - and why not?!

There’s me driving down the freeway in LA on my way to a round of golf with the boys. I’m taking in the views of Laurel Canyon, I’m on the tee with Universal Studios in the background - and the sun is shining.

I’ve finished work - set up a few meetings for later and the weather’s good. It’s 75 degrees - and am ready to play my first shot. Almost the perfect afternoon - but back in England, my mates are climbing the walls.

Outside on the streets and country lanes it’s like the Tour De F****** France. Cyclists are flying round the roads and country lanes, having a whale of a time, keeping fit and boosting their mental health. It’s great to see.

But my mates can’t have a round of golf - and it don’t stack up.

It’s a right ball ache, so my message to the men in suits and club ties is turn up the heat on the Government and the authorities and reopen the courses - now. It’s absolute madness they’re shut - makes no sense at all.

Vinnie Jones Premier League Betting Tips

Come on guys. Keep safe, but let’s get the golfers back out there.

So to a busy week of football, another one!

Let’s hope for some better officiating this week after some of the ridiculous calls at last weekend.

Did you see the chaos in the West Brom vs Brighton game?! I couldn’t f****** believe it! It’s about time football took a leaf out of rugby and let the fans hear the conversations between the referee and his assistants.

Maybe then we’ll finally understand what is going on in their heads because they look clueless at the minute.

But anyway, the midweek action looks top notch with a crunch game on Thursday between Liverpool and Chelsea. I’m going with the Blues.

Against United at the weekend, they might have got away with one. But penalty or no penalty - and it looked a tight call - Chelsea were the ones pushing for a win it seemed and, in boxing parlance, won the game on points.

They need a result against Liverpool to keep up a top-four push and could be too strong for the Reds. Chelsea’s defence looks more solid than Liverpool’s right now - and that’s where Tommy Tuchel has made a real difference. I reckon they’ll edge it.

Spurs were back in the swing of things at the weekend and good to see Gareth Bale getting some decent press finally. The lad is a footballing genius on his day, a Welsh wizard, and hopefully Jose keeps the faith with him.

Even so, Fulham are no pushovers. They play great football and Scottie Parker drives them on really well. I still reckon they can avoid relegation and a point against Spurs can keep the pot boiling nicely down at Craven Cottage.

Check out the rest of my other predictions below.

Vinnie Jones Three Off The Tee

AFTER a close call with Sam Burns in the Genesis Invitational, it was the turn of Victor Hovland to give us a huge run for our money in the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession.

Fair play to Collin Morikawa, who’s my early tip to win the Masters, but Viktor Hovland was bang there throughout and, save for a quadruple bogey eight in the second round, might have won it.

Either way well played young man after that nightmare of a hole - I’d have launched a club or three! His temperament was great and Viktor remains one of our favourites.

Well played also to those players who wore red in the last round or had TW on their bag or caps as a nod to Tiger Woods - and best wishes on your recovery, champ. There’s a lot of love out there for the man who revolutionised golf.

So to this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill as the Florida Swing steps up another gear towards THE PLAYERS Championship - and expect some fireworks from Bryson De Chambeau.

They tell me he could drive the sixth. It’s a par five FFS, but I’m still not sure Big Bad Bryson’s actual golf game is good enough at the moment. He’ll get there again - but you sense he’s fine-tuning things ready for Augusta.

So who makes up Vinnie’s Three Off The Tee this week?

Well, Bay Hill played quite tough last year with not a huge number of players under par. Tyrell Hatton won it last year with a final round 74, so I think we can assume birdies will be in short supply, it’s about staying in the game.

We’re not quite talking US Open-style but risk versus reward is key - and Rory still remains one of the best in the business for that. He’s not quite all-conquering but he’s certainly right up there week in, week out - and has played well at Bay Hill before.

He’s in my trio this week along with another consistent performer in Sungjae Im and the popular Francesco Molinari.

Sungjae Im is a young South Korean knocking on the door of late, while Moli has not played a huge amount of golf in the last six months but showed positive signs in the Genesis Open a fortnight ago and won at Bay Hill two years ago.

Be lucky - and keep safe,

Vinnie

 

Vinnie’s best bets

 

Premier League

Wednesday

Burnley v Leicester  LEICESTER WIN

Sheffield United v Aston Villa  DRAW

Crystal Palace v Manchester United  MAN UTD WIN

Thursday

Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur  DRAW

West Bromwich Albion v Everton  EVERTON WIN

Liverpool v Chelsea  CHELSEA WIN

Golf - Arnold Palmer Invitational

Rory McIlroy

Sungjae Im

Francesco Molinari