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Irish Open to be a sell-out

GOLF: Next week’s Irish Open at Royal Portrush will be the first sell-out the European Tour has ever had for a regular event.

No tickets are left for the final two rounds and none will be available for the opening two days after 5pm tomorrow. It is the first time the tournament has been held in Northern Ireland since 1953.

Pádraig on point

GOLF: Pádraig Harrington has another chance this week to show that he really is coming back to his best.

After finishing eighth at The Masters in April, Ireland’s three-major champion was fourth at the US Open on Sunday.

He is at this week’s Travelers Championship |in Connecticut. The 40-year-old Dubliner said: “It was my best finish of the year so far, but I am coming away from San Francisco knowing that I could so easily have got to the winning score.”

Gallacher in swing

GOLF: Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher wasted little time establishing a lead as the BMW International Open got under way in Cologne.

The 27-year-old, whose only European Tour |victory came on home soil back in 2004, had six birdies and one bogey to earn an early clubhouse lead of five under par at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof.

Irish pair prevail

GOLF: Rory McNamara and Kevin Phelan both made it into the third round of the 117th Amateur Championship at Troon yesterday. McNamara beat Finn Talpio Pulkkanen while Phelan overcame American Kramer Hickok.

MLB: NY Yankees 5 Atlanta 10, Houston 1 Kansas City 2, Milwaukee 8 Toronto 3.