Thursday Morning Sports Update

GOLF

Tiger Woods will bid to follow his heroics at the Masters by winning golf’s second major of the year, the US PGA Championship, which tees off in New York today.

Woods now has 15 majors, 3 short of Jack Nicklaus’ record.

There are 4 Irishmen in the field – Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell.

Lowry is the first of them to tee off at the Bethpage Black course just before 12.30.

McIlroy is hoping to end a 5 year wait for a major.

SOCCER

The Championship play off final will see Derby County and Aston Villa face off for a place in the Premier League at Wembley on Monday week.

Jack Marriott scored the winner 5 minutes from time as Frank Lampard’s team defeated Leeds United 4-2 in the second leg of their semi final at Elland Road.

It gave the Rams a 4-3 win over both legs.

Derby manager Frank Lampard knows there’s still one more game to be won.

Europe’s football governing body UEFA is understood to be willing to provide financial support to the FAI of between 8 and 10 million euro to see the Association through its current governance issues.

GAELIC GAMES

Dublin senior hurling selector Greg Kennedy is to spend the next month in the stands after being slapped with a 4 week ban for intercepting play during the Leinster championship match against Kilkenny last weekend.

It’s believed he won’t contest the sanction.

There’s a national hunt meeting today at Clonmel, with the first going to post there at 5.20.

The going is good, good to firm in places.

In the UK aside from the Festival in York which gets underway at 1.50, there’s racing at…

Salisbury – good to firm, good in places – 1.40

Perth – good, good to soft in places – 2pm

Newmarket – good, good to firm in places – 5.10

Fontwell – good to firm – 5pm