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Tuesday 21 February 2017

Bogey horror show has Hoey struggling

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Published 15/11/2016 | 02:30

Hoey remains the best-placed Irishman, but his chances are slim after he carded a six-over-par 76 on the Tour Course – his worst score so far. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Hoey remains the best-placed Irishman, but his chances are slim after he carded a six-over-par 76 on the Tour Course – his worst score so far. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Michael Hoey's hopes of earning a European Tour card are hanging in the balance after a disappointing third round at the final stage of qualifying at PGA Catalunya in Spain.

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Hoey remains the best-placed Irishman, but his chances are slim after he carded a six-over-par 76 on the Tour Course - his worst score so far.

Starting on the 10th, he began with two bogeys and two birdies before hitting trouble on his back nine with four bogeys and a triple bogey.

The 37-year-old, who shot 70 and 67 in the first two rounds, starts today tied for 75th place on 213, one over par.

The roster will be cut at 70 and ties after the fourth round, with the top 25 and ties earning a Tour card after the sixth and final round on Thursday.

Derry-born Ruaidhri McGee boosted his chances of making the cut with a one under par third round, which included three birdies. He is now in a tie for 88th and a good round today could see him advance to the final 36 holes.

Gary Hurley and Kevin Phelan are all but out of contention to make the cut.

Hurley is tied for 107th on 219 after a 76 yesterday while Phelan's six-over par third round has him tied for 124th.

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