As recently as last September, Tiger Woods admitted he was unsure whether he would ever play competitive golf again. Fast forward only six months and this week he was installed as one of the favourites for The Masters which starts on 5th April. Woods is a golfer who has not won a major title since 2008, whose last top-10 finish at Augusta was five years ago and most staggering of all, has only played in five tournaments since having spine-fusion surgery last April. The rise and fall of Tiger Woods is well documented. He secured 79 PGA Tour wins and 14 major championships between 1996 and 2013. But then came the mother of all implosions in his private life. Whilst there is no certainty that Tiger will win the first of the four Majors in three weeks’ time, what can’t be doubted is that the game of golf is thrilled to have him back. NBC Sports reported last Saturday’s TV viewing figures were up 181% on the same day last year, while Sunday’s final round at the Valspar Championship drew a 5.11 overnight rating, the highest audience outside the Majors since 2013. Tiger is good at golf again. Let’s now hope we regularly see him strutting down the fairways in his Sunday red, fist-pump at the ready.

With probably half the property industry at MIPIM and the other half at the Cheltenham Festival this week, it seems only appropriate to touch base with the gambling industry and see how this may be impacting the UK property market. The short answer is potentially quite significantly. In fact, the Government’s proposed crackdown on fixed-odds betting terminals could result in as many as 3,000 of the UK’S 9,000 betting shops closing, according to DataIntel. For uneducated gamblers, like The Weekly, supposedly you can bet up to £100 per spin every twenty seconds on games on these terminals. In other words, gamblers can win (or betting shops can earn) £300 a minute! The Government is currently consulting on bringing the maximum bet down to £2, which would dramatically reduce the profitability of many betting shops. Given that 34.2% of all betting shops are located in the most deprived areas of the UK, the damage caused by shop closures would be material. Moreover, the decision on this by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (due in July) could be yet another damning blow to the UK high street, already reeling from a glut of recent closures, including Toys R Us’ announcement this week that all their shops will be shutting for good.

Although yesterday was St Patrick’s Day, other than knowing that it’s a good excuse to dress up in green (more than 94 million people do) and drink copious pints of Guinness (between 13 million and 16 million pints worldwide), The Weekly thought it was about time to delve a little deeper and learn a bit more about the celebration that takes place on 17th March each year. For example, who knew that the early Leprechauns looked completely different to the green-clothed, ginger-bearded and Guinness-drinking men you'll have seen at Twickenham yesterday, or that the date marks the death of St Patrick, who not only travelled to Ireland in the fifth century to convince Irish pagans about Christianity, but also banished snakes from the country by chasing them into the sea? And whilst we’re in full fact flow, who wouldn’t want to know that more than 41 billion pounds of beef are produced each year for St. Patrick’s Day and that more than eight million St. Patrick’s Day cards are exchanged in America, making it the ninth-largest card selling occasion in the US? St Patrick’s Day is not just about the black stuff after all!

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