McIlroy wins Canadian Open; Four won’t go into three in hurling round-robins

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Rory McIlroy smiles after making a birdie during the final round of the Canadian Open. Photograph: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP

Rory McIlroy smiles after making a birdie during the final round of the Canadian Open. Photograph: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP

Rory McIlroy was at his magnificent best winning the Canadian Open last night after a closing round 61 for 22-under-par 258, and it was a fantastic tournament all round for the Irish. Shane Lowry finished second - which earned him a $820,000 payday and moved him from 119th up to 65th in cementing his quest to make the FedEx Cup playoffs - and Graeme McDowell also booked his ticket to play in the 148th British Open at Royal Portrush next month. Read Philip Reid’s report here.

Galway opened up the Leinster hurling round-robin even further with a one point win over Kilkenny at Nowlan Park on Sunday. In Munster, Limerick’s impressive win over Clare kept their summer alive, with that round-robin series also going to the final day with four teams in contention for three positions. Dublin made light work off Kildare in one Leinster football semi-final and they’ll face Meath in the final, after the Royals beat Laois in the other. Cavan seen off Armagh at the second time of asking to reach a first Ulster final since 2001, and in the qualifiers Monaghan got back to winning ways against Fermanagh. The round two qualifier draw takes place this morning, here’s all you need to know about that.

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