Morning Sports Update

GOLF

Tiger Woods has won his first tournament in five years.

The 14 time major champion claimed his 80th P-G-A Tour title at the Tour Championship in Georgia.


He finished on 11-under par, two strokes ahead of Billy Horschel.

Woods says he had to keep his emotions in check on the final hole

A fourth place finish handed World Number One Justin Rose the FedEx Cup.

Rory McIlroy claimed a share of seventh place on 5 under.

Shane Lowry finished sixth at the Portugal Masters

He carded a final round of 67, to finish on 16 under par, 6 shots behind the winner Tom Lewis.

GAELIC GAMES

Reigning Waterford Senior Hurling Champions Ballygunner are closing in on 5 in a row.

Pauric Mahoney hit 1-11 as they beat Passage by 3-23 to 1-04 to set up a final against Abbeyside who beat De La Salle by a point in Dungarvan.

There was a major shock in the Cork Senior Football Championship.

Reigning Munster Champions Nemo Rangers were well beaten by Castlehaven in Dunmanway.

The West Cork side progressed to the semis on a score line of 1-11 to 4 points.


SOCCER

Chelsea have dropped their first points of the Premier League season.

The Blues were held to a scoreless draw by West Ham at the London Stadium.

It means Liverpool sit alone at the top of the table as the only side with a 100 percent record after six matches.

The two sides go head to head twice this week.

They play in the Carabao Cup at Anfield on Wednesday, before a top flight meeting at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admits his side are a step behind the Merseysiders at this point in time

Arsenal boss Unai (pron: oo-nye) Emery says he’ll continue to demand improvement from his team.

A 2-nil home win over Everton was their fourth straight victory in the Premier League.

Emery is happy with their progress – but is keen to build momentum

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says hard work will result in a return to form for the Scottish Premiership champions.

Their stuttering start to the defence of their title continued with a 2-1 defeat at Kilmarnock.

But Rodgers says there’s only one way to turn their fortunes around

Meanwhile on the European Tour, Shane Lowry finished sixth at the Portugal Masters, with a final round of 67.

He was 16 under par, 6 back from eventual winner Tom Lewis.


RACING

There is racing this afternoon at Fairyhouse.

The first of an eight race card goes to the post at 3.15.

The €50,000 Ballyhane / Blenheim Listed Stakes (5.15) is the highlight on an eight-race Fairyhouse card on Monday where the opening contest is due off at 3.15.

Moone trainer Jessica Harrington won this corresponding race 12 months ago with Brick By Brick under Shane Foley and the same partnership are involved again with Invincible Karma carrying the colours of Zhang Yuesheng.

Of the seven runners holding an official rating, Lethal Promise is the highest rated on 98 representing the Willie McCreery and Billy Lee alliance. She failed to get involved at the business end of a Newbury Listed contest last month but a repeat of her winning form that saw her land a Naas maiden in good style last June could see her play a prominent role.

Numerically Aidan O’Brien holds a strong hand and has three runners in the big one with son Donnacha significantly siding with Naas scorer All The King’s Men. Wayne Lordan is booked aboard Isle Of Innisfree, also successful at Naas when winning his maiden there earlier this month, while Seamie Heffernan is teaming up with stable companion Fantasy who won his maiden at Navan in June. The unbeaten pair Inverleigh from the Ger Lyons yard, a comfortable winner of his maiden at Leopardstown last month, along with Sheila Lavery’s Curragh debut scorer Breaking Story help add a real competitive edge to what promises to be a cracking six furlong contest.

The going at Fairyhouse is good to yielding, good in places.

Adam Short, the 21-year-old rider from Newtownmountkennedy, celebrated his third winner in a week at Navan on Sunday as he guided Rolanna to glory in the baroneracing.com Sign Up Bonus Hurdle. Short looked to have little chance of success approaching the final flight as Optical Confusion galloped into a clear lead under David Mullins but the 5-1 shot, who is trained by Willie Martin, stayed on strongly to score by half-a-length.

Knockeen trainer Henry De Bromhead helped himself to a double at Navan thanks to the wins of Daybreak Boy and Abbey Magic.

Favourite backers were off the a flyer as Daybreak Boy won the opening Bar One Racing Download The App Maiden Hurdle. The well-backed 7-4 market leader hit the front in between the final two flight under Rachael Blackmore and stormed to a six and a half length success over Hyperdrive. Abbey Magic, sent off the 5-2 favourite for the baroneracing.com Handicap Chase, made all the running under Blackmore and won by four and a half lengths from Sam King.

MOTORSPORT

Josh Moffett rounded off a fine year in the Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship by taking victory in the McKelvey Asbestos Bushwhacker Rally on Saturday while James Wilson & Gavin Doherty became the new Junior Champions, in their Peugeot 208.

There were surprise winners on both days of the Limerick Sprint Weekend at Limerick Racecourse, with weather conditions and a slippery, twisting course making the going very difficult. Dara Fay’s
Suzuki Swift came out on top on the opening day, ahead of the single seater Reynard of Russell Stanworth, while Peter McKinley’s famous Escort took top place yesterday, with Stanworth the runner up again.

Hewison Autotest champion Ian White scored a weekend double in the Carlow club’s Autotests in Arklow, with Guy Foster his nearest rival on Saturday. Foster’s car had problems on the second day, forcing him to retire, with multiple champion Peter Grimes taking second place.

Escort driver Joseph Smith took a narrow win in the Cavan MC Autocross at Latton, just half a second ahead of Mervyn Wedlock in another Escort.

CYCLING

The Irish Team begins its bid for glory in the the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria today. Lara Gillespie is the first of 19 Riders competing across ten events over each of the next seven days.

Gillespie competes in the Women’s Junior Time Trial on Monday morning which begins at Hall Wattens racing over a hilly 20km to the finish at Swarovski Crystal, Innsbruck.

That’s followed by Conn McDunphy and Michael McLoughlin competing in the Men’s Under 23 Time Trial on Monday afternoon.

Eileen Burns and Kelly Murphy compete in the Women’s Elite Time Trial on Tuesday afternoon, 25th September, which follows Aaron Doherty and Ben Healy riding the Men’s Junior Time Trial on the same hilly 27.8km course .

On Wednesday, Nicolas Roche and Ryan Mullen wear green in the Men’s Elite Time Trial over a challenging 52.5km course including the Gladenwald climb.

Road racing begins on Thursday when Lara Gillespie and Maeve Gillespie ride the Women’s Junior event over 71.7km followed by the Men’s Junior Road Race featuring Aaron Doherty, Ben Healy, Breandán Flannagan and Archie Ryan.

On Friday, Eddie Dunbar, Michael O’Loughlin, Matt Teggart, Daire Feeley and Darragh O’Mahony ride the Men’s Under 23 Road Race over a mountainous 179.9km course before Alice Sharpe races on the same circuit as Ireland’s representative in the 156.2km Women’s Elite Road Race on Saturday.

The UCI World Road Championships concludes next Sunday, 30th September with the 258.5km Men’s Road Race Championships when Conor Dunne, Dan Martin, Ryan Mullen and Nicolas Roche race for Ireland.