By Richard Smith: The US Open gets underway at Merion Golf Club on Thursday and once again, it promises to be a thrilling few days of golf action. The weather in Pennsylvania has been causing havoc for the practice rounds so far this week, which is sure to have an effect on the course come the weekend.
The soft conditions should ensure that we see plenty of birdies from the best players in the world with a strong army from Europe in particular hoping to take advantage of that. There have only been two European winners of the US Open since 1970 which is a worry stat but here’s the case for a third come Sunday evening.
Those two previous winners were of course Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell who are both from Northern Ireland and won the tournament in successive years in 2010 and 2011. It is fair to say that both are once again are well fancied to win the tournament for a second time and they could prove to be the leading contenders from Europe at Merion.
McIlroy is the current world number two and always a danger, while McDowell is bang in form having won the RBC Heritage a couple of weeks ago and making three other top ten finishes on the PGA Tour in 2013 ensuring that the 22/1 on offer about both of them winning could well prove to be tempting. Read more »
By Peter Wells (twitter @boxingbrains): As Juan Manuel Lopez looks deep into the eyes of Mikey Garcia, he see’s an image of himself 26 months ago. He sees the hot prospect in Garcia, that once lay in himself. He smiles at every complimentary word aimed towards Garcia, because not too long ago those identical praises were directed at him.
But rather than feeling jealous of the favourite, he instead feels sympathy, and a hint of sadness. That is because he was once in Garcia’s shoes, and now he is ready to inflict the same damage on Garcia’s career as Orlando Salido did to his in 2011.
For Mikey Garcia to think Lopez is anywhere close to being ‘done’, would be a huge mistake that himself and his team will be wise not to commit.
Garcia may be coming off a one-sided technical decision victory against Lopez’s only conqueror, Orlando Salido, but the JuanMa challenge is a totally new and daunting test.
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By Kevin Nokes: Robert Lewandowski could see his wages doubled should the striker decide to join Manchester United, the player has been linked with a move to Old Trafford since the season has finished.
The 24-year-old currently earns around £2m a year which is almost £40,000 a week at German side Borussia Dortmund, United has been monitoring the striker situation for a while and he could be tempted to join the Premier League champions which could see him net a £90,000 a week deal – nearly 4.7m a year.
Dortmund are reluctant to let their striker leave the club, following Mario Gotze move to Bayern Munich, it is expected that Lewandowski could follow his former team-mate out the door at the Bundesliga outfit.
Bayern Munich have already tried to lure the Polish striker, but that was blocked this week after Dortmund admitted that he would not go their Bundesliga rivals, the team that beat them in the Champions League final in May.