Cork rock Limerick; Koepka hangs on to complete the job
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Cork’s Patrick Horgan celebrates scoring a goal in his team’s win over All-Ireland champions Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
Limerick began their All-Ireland championship defence with a seven point defeat to Cork at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday. The Rebels bounced back immediately after last week’s loss to Tipperary in the Munster championship round-robin, while Tipp continued their own impressive form with a double scores victory over 14-man Waterford. In Leinster, TJ Reid was to the fore as Kilkenny laid the platform for a comfortable win over Carlow with an early first half scoring blitz, and Dublin rescued a draw against Wexford thanks to a stoppage time goal via a Sean Moran 21-metre free. In the football championship, Kieran McGeeney’s Armagh finally won a provincial match, but needed extra time to see off Down. While Sligo were no match for Galway in the Connacht semi-final. In his column this morning Nicky English reflects on Cork’s regained form after a week of burning criticism: “the Gaelic Grounds was further proof that in Irish sport you’re always better off skulking into a contest, your ears burning with criticism, than with the glow of medals reflecting in your face.”
A coronation almost turned into a calamity but Brooks Koepka survived to win the PGA Championship for a second consecutive year on Sunday night. The American, who had held a seven-stroke lead at the start of the final round, almost lost control of the title when he made four successive bogeys from the 11th hole before staving off Dustin Johnson for a two-stroke victory at Bethpage Black. Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy, who both showed their own brand of resilience, each closed with rounds of 69 to finish on 281, one-over-par, and in a tie for eighth at the season’s second Major.