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Thursday 19 October 2017

Pádraig: Goal is the play-offs

Ireland's Padraig Harrington watches his shot on the 14th hole during a practice round for the 2013 PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester. Picture: Reuters/Jeff Haynes.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington watches his shot on the 14th hole during a practice round for the 2013 PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester. Picture: Reuters/Jeff Haynes.

GOLF: Pádraig Harrington hopes history can repeat itself at the Wyndham Championship this week.

The Dubliner currently sits 129th in the FedExCup standings, four places outside the qualification places for the play-offs, which begin with The Barclays next week.

Harrington was in almost exactly the same position two years ago when he arrived in Greensboro in 130th place, and a tie for 47th was enough to lift him into 124th.

He made the second play-off tournament too, and is optimistic he will continue his record of always having qualified for the play-offs.

"I think I need to have a good week. I'm thinking top 25 should be good enough. So that's the goal. Well, the goal is to go out there and win, and if I can't win obviously finish in the top 25 and give myself a chance of playing in the first FedExCup event and trying to move on from there."

 

ANDY BEATS YOUZHNY

TENNIS: World number two Andy Murray got his North American hardcourt campaign back on track with a 6-2 6-3 dissection of Mikhail Youzhny yesterday to reach the last 16 of the Western and Southern Open.

Murray arrived in Cincinnati eager to get in matches ahead of the US Open, where he will arrive as a defending grand slam champion for the first time.

"I had good anticipation so I was able to chase a lot of balls down and today I managed to get a lot of balls back," said Murray, winner of four titles this season.

 

SILVER FOR BETHANY

SWIMMING: Ireland's Bethany Firth has picked up her second silver medal on day three of the Paralympic Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada.

Firth, who had already won silver in the 200m Freestyle on Monday claimed her second medal in the final of the 100m Backstroke S14, touching in 1:07.41.

The 17-year-old from County Down was beaten to the World Championship title by Marlou van der Kirk of the Netherlands who swam a new world record of 1:06.70. Britain's Jessica-Jane Applegate took bronze in 1:08.90.

 

TOOMUA CALLED UP

RUGBY: New Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has handed flyhalf Matt Toomua his first cap and put Quade Cooper on the bench for the Rugby Championship opener against New Zealand.

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