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The wind finally blew at Kiawah Island yesterday and the US PGA Championship came to life. We’re only at the halfway point, but already dreams of a Tiger/McIlroy shoot-out on Sunday evening are hard to ignore. On a tough day of silly-pants wearing, Tiger Woods managed a round of one under par, putting him level at the top of the leaderboard with Carl Pettersson and Vijay Singh on -4. The American is now 13/8 to win his first major since the time everyone thought he was a squeaky clean, if slightly grumpy family man, back in 2008.
Ordinarily, Rory McIlroy’s 75 wouldn’t be a cause for celebration, but on a breezy day, it was good enough to leave him on two under par and within one slice into the water of top spot. He’s 7/1 second favourite to win his first US PGA title. World number two, Ian Poulter (10/1) is also right in contention, with his one under par second round leaving him one shot off the pace.
Elsewhere, Lee Westwood won’t get the chance to throw it away on the final day as he has the weekend off. His seven over par score saw him miss the cut, whilst world number one, Luke Donald on six over par was lucky enough to be on the right side of the line and he will be around for the weekend. With the wind howling, 150/1 isn’t the longest 150/1 shot we’ve ever seen.
It’s the penultimate day of the London Olympics and it’s a biggie with plenty of high-profile names in action. Usain Bolt will be going for his third gold of these games when he takes part in the 4 x 100 metre relay (9pm) as part of the Jamaica team. The Jamaicans are 1/6 to claim glory.
Mo Farah is also looking to enhance his collection of gold medals. He goes in the 5,000 metres final at 7.40pm where he’s the 13/8 second favourite behind Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia.
The BBC website tells us to check Tom Daley out in the final of the men’s 10 metre platform at around 8.30pm this evening, but that’s woefully premature as he struggled to qualify for the semi-final and there’s no guarantee he’ll get through this morning’s session.
There’s some long-awaited Team GB v Team Ireland action tonight as Luke Campbell and John Joe Nevin duke it out for gold in the Bantanweight division at 8.45pm this evening. Nevin was very impressed in beating world number one, Lazaro Alvarez in the semi-final, but the odds say there’s little to choose between the two. Nevin is 4/6 favourite, but Campbell can’t be written off at 11/10.
Brendan Rodgers’ plan to bring every player he’s ever worked with to Anfield continues nicely as Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Joe Allen from Swansea for £15 million. Allen (22) did his medical on Friday, didn’t collapse into a heap and the deal was announced on Friday evening. The signing didn’t do anything to their odds and Liverpool remain 25/1 to win the Premier League and 21/10 to land the Top 4 Finish that should see them milk the Champions League cash cow for the season after next.
In other news, Roberto Mancini has allegedly got all stereotypically histrionic and Italian about the lack of business Manchester City have done over the summer. Whilst City’s rivals have all moved to strengthen their squads, the Citizen’s cheque book has remained as underused as Arsenal’s trophy cabinet. Mancini is said to be particularly unhappy with City’s sporting director, Brian Marwood, who seems to have a bizarrely large amount of power. “I am not happy, but I won’t say anything at the moment,” said the manager, saying something at the moment. City are still 5/4 favourites to win the Premier League and 8/13 to lift the Community Shield on Sunday.