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WGM’s weekend preview

Written by Ben Blaschke

The World Cup might be over but there is no shortage of sport elsewhere in the world with the British Open golf, Formula 1, Super Rugby finals and much more to keep us entertained.

Let’s start in Liverpool where the world’s golfing elite are gathering to contest the year’s third major – the Open Championships. This will be the first time since 2006 that the Open Championships have been held at Royal Liverpool Golf Club and there is no shortage of strong contenders for the title.

Tiger Woods will be contesting his first major since recovering from back surgery but we like the look of England’s Justin Rose who is in red-hot form on the back of consecutive tournament wins including last week’s Scottish Open. We also like Australian duo Adam Scott and Jason Day. World number one Scott has enjoyed top two finishes at this tournament the past two years, while Day has an incredible knack of finishing amongst the front-runners in the majors.

Rugby Union fans will be looking forward to the Super Rugby finals this weekend which will see Australia’s ACT Brumbies hosting New Zealand’s Waikato Chiefs in a replay of last year’s grand final with the winner to face the table-topping NSW Waratahs. The other clash sees South Africa’s Sharks up against another New Zealand side, the Highlanders, for the honor of facing off against the Crusaders. We like the home side in both games.

The Formula 1 train heads to Hockenheim in Germany this weekend as Mercedes look to continue their dominance of the 2014 season. Lewis Hamilton’s win at Silverstone last start has reignited the Championship race between he and teammate Nico Rosberg with just four points separating the pair. The battle is on behind them for third place with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and fifth-placed Valtteri Bottas of Williams in pretty good form.

And the second cricket Test between England and India gets underway today at Lord’s with tensions simmering following last week’s drawn first Test. The two teams have engaged in a war both on and off the pitch following a clash in the first Test between England’s James Anderson and India’s Ravindra Jadeja. Each side has leveled a misconduct charge against the other and have been at each others’ throats the past few days. It certainly makes for an intriguing series!

Good luck and good punting.