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WGM’s weekend preview

Written by Ben Blaschke

It’s all about the US PGA this weekend with the final major of 2014 also promising to be the year’s most intriguing. Although the ongoing back problems of Tiger Woods have dominated headlines the past few days following his final round withdrawal from the Bridgestone Invitational last week, it’s hard to imagine he would have been in the mix anyway given the irrepressible form of British Open champ Rory McIlroy.

So impressive has the Northern Irishman been in recent weeks that we’re tempted to put some money on him as outright winner at Valhalla, however there will be no shortage of contenders this week. Recently displaced by McIlroy as world number one, Australia’s Adam Scott says he will take a much more aggressive approach into this event in an effort to halt a run of finishes in which he has fallen just short of victory. Keep an eye on world number four Henrik Stenson too who finished third here last year and has been in great form in 2014.

The build-up to the US Open continues in Canada with the world’s best tennis players on hand for the Rogers Cup. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Stanislas Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer are among those in the field of this important warm-up event and we’ll be keeping a close eye on their form. We’re also aware of the absence of injured world number two Rafael Nadal who we consider to be at long odds to mount a serious challenge to win the US Open this year.

MotoGP wunderkind Marc Marquez will vie for a 10th consecutive win in 2014 when he contests the Indianapolis Grand Prix. Marquez is looking to become just the fifth rider in history to achieve the rare feat as he roars towards a second world title in as many years.

And the fourth cricket Test between England and India gets underway at Old Trafford in what has been a controversial and intriguing series so far. After India won the second Test, England responded in last week’s Third Test to tie the series 1-1 with two Tests remaining. Having finally found some form, it’s hard to go past the home side from here.

Good luck and good punting.