Johnson up to career-high fourth


GOLF/US TOUR:Dustin Johnson is up to a career-high fourth in the world after his victory in the first of the FedEx Cup play-off events in New Jersey. There was a cut to 54 holes and a Saturday finish to The Barclays because of Hurricane Irene and Johnson shot a closing 65 to beat fellow American Matt Kuchar by two.

His win pushes Martin Kaymer champion Rory McIlroy down to fifth and sixth respectively.

The second of the play-offs is also on America’s east coast, but the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston does not start until Friday. Pádraig Harrington, who only just made it into last weeks 125-strong field, also came 13th on 12 under after a 69 and climbed to 80th on the points list.

That keeps him in the four-event series with 100 playing in Boston, but only 70 then make it to the BMW Championship.

LEGLISE TROPHY: Dubliner Gavin Moynihan won both his matches on the final day in Spain to help Great Britain and Ireland wrest the Leglise Trophy out of the hands of the Continent of Europe by 14½-9½.

Moynihan lined up with Gary Hurley from West Waterford in the foursomes and they beat Spaniard Jon Rahm and Nowegian Kristoffer Ventura 43.

Moynihan then produced some stunning golf to overcome Javier Sainz by 32.

MULLINGAR SCRATCH CUP: Knock’s Nicky Grant hopes to revive his international career after romping to an easy win in the Mullingar Grant Thornton Scratch Trophy. The 24-year old from Belfast closed with a pair of three under par 69s to finish five strokes clear of Whitehead’s John Ross Galbraith (74).