2018 promises to be a sporting year to remember in the USA. With iconic champions returning to defend titles, and famous tournaments celebrating milestone anniversaries, you won’t want to miss a beat.
Here are ten US tournaments in 2018 that you simply must see.
Super Bowl LII (February 5):
70,000 fans will pack into the US Bank Stadium for the 52nd instalment of the greatest showdown in American sport. Last year’s Super Bowl saw the Patriots edge out Atlanta Falcons in a thriller. If the 2018 instalment is half as good, we’re in for a treat.
Masters Tournament Golf (April 5-8):
Sergio Garcia realised a career dream at the 2017 Masters by winning his first major title at the 74th attempt. The Spaniard got the better of Justin Rose in a nerve-jangling playoff. Whether we’ll witness another first-time winner at Augusta in April remains to be seen.
Kentucky Derby (May 5):
The two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival reaches a crescendo with one of the most famous horse races in the world. Last year’s Derby was won by Always Dreaming and was watched by a crowd of 158,070. Twenty horses will take part in the 2018 edition of a race that has been contested at Churchill Downs racetrack every year since 1875.
US Open Golf (June 14-17):
Shinnecock Hills in New York will be the location for the 118th US Open. Last year’s tournament was won by Brooks Koepka. The American took home a cheque for $2.16million, and he will enter a field of 156 in his bid to retain the title.
PGA Championship (August 9-12):
This will be a big year for the PGA Championship as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. Justin Thomas won last year’s tournament, held in North Carolina. The next instalment takes place in Missouri and will see the 156-player field battle for a winner’s prize of $1.89million.
US Open Tennis (August 27 to September 10):
2017 was a remarkable year for tennis’s renaissance men, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal sharing out the four grand slam titles between them. Nadal and Sloane Stephens were the men’s and women’s US Open champions in 2017, and they’ll be back to defend their titles in 2018.
US Grand Prix (October 21):
Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the 2017 US Grand Prix secured Mercedes’ fourth consecutive Constructors’ Championship. Hamilton will fancy his chances of reigning supreme once again at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas.
World Series (October 23-31):
Nothing beats the drama of the World Series. Its format is designed to thrill audiences. The best-of-seven playoff decides the undisputed kings of baseball. Last year’s title went to the Houston Astros, who beat the LA Dodgers 4-3.
New York City Marathon (November 4):
With just short of 100,000 applicants for the 2017 instalment, the NYC marathon is the most subscribed marathon in the world. Geoffrey Kamworor won last year’s men’s race, while Shalane Flanagan was a popular US winner of the women’s race.
MLS Cup Final (December):
Football, or ‘soccer’, is going from strength to strength in the US. The influx of big-name stars into the MLS has captured the imagination of the public, and the season reaches its climax when the champions are crowned at the MLS Cup final.