Thursday 30 March 2017

Hoey eyes Madeira Islands glory

Michael Hoey hopes his Portuguese pedigree will stand him in good stead at the Madeira Islands Open, which starts today.

The 31-year-old finished sixth at this event last year before winning the Estoril Open two weeks later, and is now eyeing the prospect of a second European Tour title at Porto Santo this week.

"This is a huge week because it's a great chance for a younger player or a player further down the rankings to win," the Antrim native observed.

"It's the first European Tour event for a few guys and they will want to do well."

Hoey understands that the vast majority of golf fans' attention will be elsewhere and has even made sure he will be able to follow the action at Augusta National himself.

"Fortunately the hotel has got BBC so I'll be watching the Masters every night, as will a lot of others I'm sure," he said.

The highest-ranked player in the Race to Dubai featuring in Madeira is Richie Ramsay, who is 29th in the standings. Gary Murphy is also hoping for a prominent showing.

Irish Independent

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