Saturday 24 June 2017

Hoey slips back as Chawrasia homes in

Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland plays a shot during the continuation of the delayed third round at the Hero Indian Open. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland plays a shot during the continuation of the delayed third round at the Hero Indian Open. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

William S Callahan

A cheque for €37,182 will help ease Michael Hoey's disappointment after a three-over-par final-round 75 saw the Belfast man slip to tied eighth at the Indian Open.

After three consecutive rounds of one-under 71 - to lie two off the lead - Hoey slipped off the red-hot pace set by SSP Chawrasia, who claimed a fourth European Tour title on home soil after finishing seven shots clear of the field on 10-under par.

Hoey, 38, dropped shots at the sixth, ninth, 15th and 17th holes and carded his only birdie of the day on the 14th to finish on level-par.

Hoey, who lost his European Tour playing card last year, was joined on level-par by England's David Horsey and South African George Coetzee.

Chawrasia carded a final round 71 to finish a whopping seven shots ahead of Malaysia's Gavin Green, with Italy's Matteo Manassero and Scotland's Scott Jamieson sharing third place on two-under par.

"I'm winning back-to-back so I'm really very happy," Chawrasia said. "I was very happy to have everyone supporting me and having my wife here too to see me winning the Indian Open two times."

At the Valspar Championship in Florida, Graeme McDowell fired his second four-under 67 of the week to earn a tie for 14th place.

Portrush golfer McDowell, who only made the cut on the mark, finished on five-under for the event and has hinted at a return to form after matching his performance at the Honda Classic last month.

Waterford's Seamus Power finished three shots behind the 2010 US Open Champion in a tie for 27th after a final round of 70 left him two-under for the tournament, which was won by Canadian Adam Hadwin by one shot from Patrick Cantlay.

Irish Independent

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