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Michael Hoey

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 2/13/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 167

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Joint first-round leader Michael Hoey didn't have it all his own way in round two of The Rocco Forte Open in Italy but still managed to tack on a 3-under-par 33-35=68 to his sparkling Thursday 61 and post the halfway lead of 13-under 129.
That's currently one shot clear of Zander Lombard with all the morning wave completed or well into their second laps of Verdura GC in Sicily. After 10 birdies on day one, the Northern Irishman added another at No. 2 today before dropping his first shot of the week with bogey at the third. Hoey picked up the pace with birdie-2s at 5 and 7 along with further gains at 9 and 11 but, in contrast to his first round when he played them in 4-under, Hoey scored one-over from Nos. 13-18 after bogeys at 14 and 18 along with a final circle at 17. The 38-year-old has five wins at this level but the last of those came in 2013. He'll look to end that four-year wait this weekend. May 19 - 6:49 AM

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Michael Hoey made it two atop the Rocco Forte Open leaderboard after producing a 10-under-par 30-31=61 to pull level with early pacesetter Sebastian Soderberg. UPDATE: Hoey and Soderberg ended the day with a one-shot lead over Zander Lombard

The Swede looked a virtual certainty to end round one out on his own at the head of the field but Hoey had other ideas on his afternoon cruise around Verdura GC in Sicily. Starting at 11 on the par 71 (a composite of two of the venue's two links-style layouts), the Northern Irishman opened with birdie-3 and splashed further red at 13, 15, 16 and 17. It still seemed a tall order to reel in Soderberg but Hoey stayed on the birdie trail with a hat-trick of circles from Nos. 1-3. He cooled off with a run of four pars but then ticked 8 and 9 before parring 10 to complete a stunning opening 18 holes. Right now, Hoey and Soderberg enjoy a two-shot clubhouse lead over Spain's Alvaro Quiros. Hoey has missed his last three cuts on the European Tour but did show a flash of form with T8 in March's Indian Open.
May 18 - 11:18 AM

Michael Hoey ended his delayed second round at the Hero Indian Open with a pair of birdies to complete a 1-under-par 34-37=71 and finish at 2-under 142 at the midpoint, T5 on the live leaderboard and three strokes behind leader S.S.P. Chawrasia.

A theme of this week's scoring at the tough Gary Player course at DLF Golf and Country Club has been how many players have struggled on the par 5s. Hoey, by contrast, is making them his chief source of profit. He ticked three of the four in his opening 71 and repeated the feat today. Those birdies came at 15 and 18 on his opening nine and at 8 on his second. He followed that par breaker on his 17th hole with a walk-off birdie-3 while his other gain came at No. 13. Bogeys and worse appear impossible to avoid on this opinion-splitting layout and Hoey swallowed a double-bogey 6 at No. 6 and dropped further shots at 17 and 3. This is his first start of the calendar year after he lost his card in 2016. The Northern Irisman, a five-time European Tour winner, is playing on a sponsor's invite.
Mar 10 - 8:22 AM

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.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 12:16:00 PM

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.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 08:09:00 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.
Wed, Feb 24, 2016 09:01:00 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.
Wed, Feb 3, 2016 02:03:00 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