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Michael Hoey

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (37) / 2/13/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 167

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Michael Hoey hopes the Made in Denmark tournament at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort will provide the big finish he needs before season's end.
Two years ago the Northern Irishman withdrew from this event after two rounds of 73, but last year he opened with two 71s and then spent the weekend creeping up the scoreboard, suggesting he was coming to terms with the test. He eventually finished T27 after closing rounds of 69-68. This season started with two finishes outside the top 60 and then got worse with 11 straight missed cuts. He followed by making three cuts in fives starts, but was still lacking a top 30 finish. A T8 in the Challenge Tour’s Northern Ireland Open helped him win 2 of 3 matches on his last start in the Paul Lawrie Match Play, but something more is desperately needed: he's 175 on the rankings. Aug 23 - 12:16 PM

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Michael Hoey dispatched David Drysdale 4&3 in round one of the Paul Lawrie Match Play over the Fidra track at Archerfield Links Golf Club.

Northern Irishman Hoey has endured a rough patch of form since last August, going 8-for-23 and having to wait until last week - when playing the Challenge Tour's Northern Ireland Open (T8) - to break into the top 30. But he proved last year, when only defeated by the eventual winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat in the quarter finals, that he has the mentality for match play golf and he backed it up Thursday. He made six red numbers and only one blue in his opening lap, ultimately finishing the job with a birdie-3 on the 15th. He will play Matthew Southgate, who defeated Kristoffer Broberg at the 19th hole, on Friday.
Aug 4 - 8:09 AM

After a poor 'Desert Swing' followed by a missed cut in Malaysia last week, Michael Hoey will look to get his season going in this week's ISPS HANDA Perth Invitational in Australia.

The Northern Irishman's only payout in the Middle East came in Abu Dhabi when a lowly T66 and he's failed to cash in three starts since. Lake Karrinyup CC in Western Australia could provide the scene for better fortunes as he posted T18 there on his only visit in 2013. Hoey was in the top 10 after 54 holes following back-to-back 69s. He's thrown in a 78 and two 77s in each of his last three starts so needs to find some consistency.
Feb 24 - 9:01 AM

Michael Hoey stays in the desert to make his eighth appearance at this week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The Northern Irishman enjoyed two top 15s in his first three visits to the Emirates GC but has struggled since. He missed the cut in both 2012 and 2013 while finishing outside the top 50 in the last two editions. Hoey generally cashes in this part of the world and managed a top 10 in the 2014 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. However, he's found little reward this year so far, posting T66 in Abu Dhabi and missing the cut last week's Qatar Masters after a second-round 77. He heads out from the 10th in the very last group in round one.
Feb 3 - 2:03 PM

Michael Hoey is one of the past champions taking part in this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The Northern Irishman put his name on the trophy in 2011 afters shooting three 66s and a closing 69 in the event played over the classic Scottish links courses of St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. Hoey had also finished in the top 20 the previous year while his latest two efforts show T26 in 2013 and T32 last year, both finishes hurt by closing 73s. Hoey is currently 81st on this season's Race To Dubai. He posted his best result of the season when T4 in the M2M Russian Open two starts ago while on his latest appearance he missed the cut in last week's Porsche European Open in Germany despite two rounds of 70.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 04:43:00 AM

Michael Hoey won the 2013 M2M Russian Open at Tseleevo and will try to lift the trophy again this year at Skolkovo Golf Club.

Speaking about the new course, he told europeantour.com, "It’s quite wide off the tee and it’s a (Jack) Nicklaus design so the greens are shaped side-on. The putting surfaces are phenomenal and it’s quite straight-forward but it’s very enjoyable." Hoey, who is a five-time winner on the European Tour, looks to be rounding into form after finishes of T27 at the Made in Denmark and T22 at the Czech Masters in the last fortnight. He's 77th on the current Race To Dubai.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 06:36:00 PM

Michel Hoey authored a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in round one of the D+D REAL Czech Masters and is just a shot off the pace.

Hoey picked up six birdies and allowed just one bogey on his card thanks to 5-for-6 scrambing stats after he hit only 12 greens in regulation. The birdies came at 12 and 17 on his opening nine and concluded with a walk-off par breaker at 9 after he'd picked up three more at 1, 2 and 6. The only blemish was a bogey-5 at the short par-4 4th hole. The Northern Irishman, who posted T27 in last week's Made In Denmark after a strong final 36 holes, sits just one behind the early clubhouse mark of 66 set by Sam Hutsby and Matt Fitzpatrick.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 07:19:00 AM

Michael Hoey will have less on his plate at this week's Made in Denmark event at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

The five-time European Tour winner was the official Tournament Ambassador for the Northern Ireland Open Challenge at Galgorm Castle two weeks ago and was expected to be in the title hunt. It didn't turn out that way as he missed the cut at the Challenge Tour event after two rounds of 70. He did admit that his own performance wasn't the priority so we can perhaps forgive him the early exit. Prior to that, he'd reached the quarter-finals of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play and cashed in his previous six strokeplay starts with a best of T7 at the BMW International Open in Germany. He shot a pair of 73s in last year's Made In Denmark before withdrawing.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 05:48:00 PM

Michael Hoey blitzed Gregory Havret 7&6 on Saturday morning to reach the quarter-finals of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play in Scotland.

The Northern Irishman was an unstoppable force in this last 16 clash at Murcar Links GC in Aberdeen and reached the turn 6up on his French opponent after five front-nine birdies. Havret's only success came at the fourth hole where he made eagle. Both players recorded double bogey-6s at the 10th before sharing pars at 11 and Hoey closed out the contest with a winning birdie-3 at the 12th. As a former winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Hoey is a fine exponent of links golf and this victory follows an emphatic 5&4 win over Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg in the last 32. He'll now play Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat (a 4&3 winner over Thomas Aiken) in the last eight. The other quarter-finals this afternoon are: Robert Karlsson v Richie Ramsay, David Howell v Chris Wood, Marc Warren v Tyrrell Hatton.
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 06:42:00 AM

Michael Hoey jumped up to tied second place at the BMW International Open on Friday after trotting around Golfclub München Eichenried in 7-under-par 32-33=65.

At 10-under 134, the five-time European Tour winner is just two behind clubhouse leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello. Hoey started slowly with an opening par and bogey at 2 but then reeled off seven birdies in the next nine holes. He briefly stumbled with a bogey at the 14th but closed with two more par breakers at 17 and 18 to reach double digits under par. The Northern Irishman shot his lowest lap on this course and second lowest 18 of the year after splitting 10 (of 14) fairways, hitting 14 greens in regulation and taking just 25 putts. He arrived in Munich on the back of a top 20 in the Lyoness Open so this wasn't totally unexpected despite his lowly position of 116th on the Race To Dubai.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 08:38:00 AM

Michael Hoey compiled a 4-under-par 33-35=68 to reach 5-under 139 at the midpoint of the Open de España.

That's only one swing behind clubhouse leader Ricardo Gonzales although the afternoon wave are just getting started at Real Club de Golf El Prat. Hoey had four birdies in his first 10 holes before those gains were halved with back-to-back bogeys at 11 and 12. He rallied again with par breakers at 15 and 17. The Northern Irishman has never made the cut in six appearances at this event so he'll break new ground this week whatever happens now. Today, he split 11 (of 14) fairways and found 12 greens in regulation for the second say running. He's also 10-for-12 in scrambling through the first 36 holes.
Fri, May 15, 2015 08:29:00 AM

Michael Hoey won the 2012 Trophée Hassan II and is back at Golf du Palais Royal to make another trophy bid.

Victory here three years ago, courtesy of a pair of weekend 65s, gave the Northern Irishman a fourth European Tour win and he's since made that five with a first-prize cheque at the 2013 M2M Russian Open. Hoey has also been solid in his other three starts at the Trophée Hassan II and overall he's never finished worse than T32. He's 5-for-8 this season although hasn't bettered a T31 in Thailand. He opened that February event with a 64 after hitting all 18 greens in regulation while he's shot three 69s and a 70 in his last five rounds so there are signs that he could be about to put it all together soon.
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 04:14:00 AM

First-round leader Michael Hoey could only manage an even-par 35-37=72 on the second day of the True Thailand Classic but is still in the mix.

Hoey was hot on Thursday, carding a superb 64; today he went flat and shot eight shots higher. That left him on 8-under 136 at the midpoint. The birdies just wouldn't come for the Northern Irishman and he circled just two compared to yesterday's eight. Bogeys at 11 and 16 put a stop on any forward momentum. Having focused on the negatives, the bottom line is that he'll go into the weekend just three shots behind leader Miguel Angel Jiménez and will hope that he's now got his bad round of the week out of the way.
Fri, Feb 13, 2015 06:04:00 AM

Michael Hoey hit every green in a sparkling 8-under-par 32-32=64 to take the lead after day one of the True Thailand Classic in Hua Hin.

The Northern Irishman hasn't finished inside the top 50 in his last seven European Tour starts but was faultless at Black Mountain on Thursday, circling eight birdies and not a single bogey. Hoey cashed in on the long holes and circled par breakers on each of the par 5s and added further birdies at 11, 13, 17, 4 and 5. The five-time European Tour winner said, "We had ten or 11 holes with not much wind, which was an advantage teeing off early. I hit the ball well, and it suits me that there’s a bit of length off the tee; you can carry a few corners and reach the par fives." As well as hitting all 18 greens in regulation, Hoey split 10 (of 14) fairways and took 30 putts.
Thu, Feb 12, 2015 04:33:00 AM

Michael Hoey cashed in both Qatar and Dubai but will hope to take a more prominent part in this week's Maybank Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur G&CC.

Hoey is a five-time winner on the European Tour but has hit a rough patch, recording just one finish inside the top 30 (a T7 in the 36-hole Portugal Masters) in his last 16 events. Although he made the weekend in his last two starts, Hoey could only post T52 in the Qatar Masters and T53 in the Dubai Desert Classic. The 35-year-old, who played his collegiate golf in the U.S. at Clemson University, missed the cut on his first three visits to Kuala Lumpur G&CC but finished T18 last year.
Tue, Feb 3, 2015 02:55:00 PM