A couple of years ago, many people thought that golf was seeing a changing of the guard. Tiger Woods was no longer world number one and, instead, a young man from Northern Ireland was the new face of the sport.
Now, however, the roles have been reversed. Tiger is back on top of the world while Rory McIlroy’s season has been disappointing. So, which of the two men can prevail at this year’s US Masters?
The Roy Hodgson era begins on Saturday as the former West Brom coach takes charge of England for the first time. His first outing is a tricky away fixture in Norway who are an excellent 12/5 chance to give our boys ‘one hell of a beating’.
The Champions League final takes centre stage this Saturday as Bayern Munich face Chelsea. If Chelsea can manage to scrape a side together – remember that many of their first choice players are injured or suspended – they are 10/3 to win their first European Cup. Bayern Munich have home advantage but were humbled 5-2 by Borussia Dortmund in last week’s German Cup final.
Often called the ‘fifth Major’, the world’s leading golfers head to the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass this weekend for the Players’ Championship. It’s the 39th year of a tournament which offers the highest prize fund of any competition.
Only two Europeans have won the tournament in the last quarter of a century although an American hasn’t won at Sawgrass since Phil Mickelson in 2007.
Chelsea face Liverpool in the Wembley showpiece and the Blues are the 7/5 favourites.
The FA Cup reaches the semi-final stage this weekend with two local derbies in prospect. Liverpool play Everton on Saturday and while the Reds may be the 6/4 favourites, Everton are the form team. I fancy David Moyes’ side to prevail at 15/8.
The battle to avoid the drop from the Premier League continues this weekend with a vital game at Molineux. Struggling Wolves welcome Bolton and after Wanderers’ win over Blackburn last weekend, there’s some value in the visitors at 19/10.
One of the highlights of the sporting calendar, the US Masters is, for many, the golf tournament to win. Hosted by the stunning Augusta National course since 1934, it is one of the most widely watched and competitive events on tour.
While a European Tour player won the Masters last year – Charl Schwartzl taking the title – a European hasn’t won the tournament since 1999. But, with Europeans occupying the top three spots in the world rankings, is that barren run about to come to an end?
The battle for the Premier League title continues this weekend with Manchester City once again facing a tougher test than rivals Manchester United.
City travel to Stoke City in Saturday evening’s late kick-off and the home side are excellent value at 5/1 to put a dent in City’s title hopes. United host Fulham on Monday evening and are just 1/4 to win.