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McDowell falls short in FedEx

Graeme McDowelL followed Padraig Harrington's lead by crashing out of the FedEx Cup play-offs yesterday, narrowly missing the bus to the BMW Championship by just three places. A final round of level par 71 at the Deutsche Bank Championship left the Ulsterman tied 37th on four-under in the tournament and 73rd in the FedEx Rankings. Harrington finished 89th in FedEx table, 19 places outside of the 70 man field for Cog Hill.

Webb Simpson, 26, won for the second time in 15 days and claimed the seventh PGA Tour victory of 2011 by a player with a long putter as the Deutsche Bank came to a thrilling conclusion in sudden death. Chez Reavie, 29, who started the year on a medical exemption, surrendered a gilt-edged opportunity to win with a bogey six from mid-fairway on the 72nd hole of his final round 66 to tie Simpson (65) on 15-under. The latter then won with a birdie on the second tie hole


After a delay due to gales on Sunday, the Star European Championship had two races yesterday off Dun Laoghaire that saw the Italian 2006 champion Diego Negri with Enrico Voltolini take the early lead on the back of a race win and second place.

Short races were the order of the day as high winds continue to threaten the event programme.

Ireland's Peter O'Leary and David Burrows were third in the overall after third and sixth placings for the day, while local host club entry Max Treacy and Anthony Shanks were in 12th overall.

With just two months to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race, the Chinese entry that has partnered with discoverireland.com pulled into Dublin Bay on Sunday to promote the finale of the race that is scheduled to take place in early July when the 39,000-mile contest ends in Galway.


CONOR NILAND has shrugged off his Flushing Meadows nightmare and made a quick return to chase world-ranking points.

Niland suffered a cruel blow in his US Open first-round clash against Novak Djokovic last week, when he was forced to retire due to food poisoning with the world No 1 leading 6-0 5-1.

The Limerick native had planned to take a break but after a few days at home, the Irish No 1 had a change of heart and decided to enter this week's second-tier ATP Challenger Tour event in San Remy, southern France . World No 197 Niland has been paired against French wild card Julien Obry in his opening round match today.


Dubliner Derek Tohill, the defending European Rallycross champion in Division 2, drove his Rathgar Motor Factors Fiesta to third place in the final of the Austrian round at Greinbach on Sunday, behind Roman Castoral of the Czech Republic.

Koen Pauwels of Belgium took second and is battling with Tohill for third place in the points table.

Irish Independent