Thursday 29 June 2017

Hoey flys the flag in European Tour bid

Michael HOEY is best-placed of four Irishmen bidding to earn European Tour cards at the final qualifying stage in Spain.

The five-time Tour winner followed up on his opening two-under par 70 on the Stadium Course with a three-under 67 on the Tour Course at Catalunya yesterday, with four rounds still to play.

He finished in a tie for 27th, with the top 25 and ties after Thursday's final round earning playing rights for 2017.

The 156-strong field play another round on each course today and tomorrow before it is cut at 70. Hoey is currently one stroke back on 25th and five behind England's Richard McEvoy and Robert Coles, who lead the field on 10-under par.

Waterford duo Kevin Phelan and Gary Hurley have an uphill battle, with both in a tie for 107th on one-over par after two rounds and seven strokes off the current mark.

Ruaidhri McGee is already all but out of contention on three-over par after two rounds.

Irish Independent

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