Tag Archives: Michael Hoey

Aug
11
2012
By Stephanie Wei under General

Hoey: 33-year-old from Northern Ireland was one of five players that shot under par on Freaky Friday

BRACE YOURSELF. Sandy-area gate is about to break out…

Well, I hate say this —  and hoped I wouldn’t have to — but told ya so. After walking the course on Wednesday,  I had this sinking feeling in my stomach (“Whistling Straits but flat”) that there would be some type of controversial or unfortunate rules infraction due to the “NO BUNKERS” local.

Just felt there were too many gray areas and when you have that many “sandy areas” — which should also be referred to as “mud areas” in places —  it’s inevitable. I know the DQ wasn’t a direct result of the rule, but still it started in the darn “sandy areas.” Harshly, the ultimate product led to a DQ.

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Jan
26
2012
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Picture perfect: Karlsson had seven birdies on Thurdsday.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club has evolved into a golfing test every bit as imposing as its monumental clubhouse (I hear it doubles as the lair of a supervillain hell-bent, naturally, on world domination). A par-72 that clocks in at a frankly ridiculous 7,600 yards, it’s a layout that places its emphasis firmly on powerful, straight hitting.

Unsurprising, then, that the upper echelons of the first round leaderboard should be dominated – and dominated thoroughly – by class ball-strikers.

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Jan
18
2012

Harrington and Els ponder the meaning of Life.

The European Tour’s 2012 schedule begins in earnest this week with the Volvo Golf Champions at Fancourt, something of a poor man’s Tournament of Champions (didn’t think that was possible, did you?).

With eligibility limited to recent European Tour winners and those who have amassed more than 10 victories in their career, the 35-man field is an unusual blend of established stars and young pretenders.

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Nov
12
2011
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Gonzo: class ball-striker and fan of trickle-down economics.

You may have been led to believe that the class field of the week was hanging out at The Lakes, but no(!), the Singapore Open is the place to be. Or at least it was, until a downpour of biblical proportions disrupted play and forced the cancellation of the scheduled third round.

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Oct
6
2011

Hoey grappling with the mammoth Dunhill Links trophy. (David Cheskin/PA Wire)

LAST SUNDAY, NORTHERN Ireland’s Michael Hoey fended off the a handful of major winners to claim one of the European Tour’s most lucrative events, the Dunhill Links Championship, at St. Andrews’ Old Course.

The Road Hole, the Swilken Bridge, a blistering finish that saw him notch three birdies in the final four holes to see off the challenge of the reigning US Open champion: the wildest of golfing dreams rarely tick so many boxes.

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Oct
2
2011
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Whoo-ey!

Guess which player from Northern Ireland won the Dunhill Links Championship? Rory McIlroy? Nope, try again. Graeme McDowell? Wrong again. Then who? Michael Hoey (pronounced Who-eey) held off McIlroy by two shots despite the 22-year-old’s brilliant early run. McDowell followed his fellow countrymen with a tie for third.

Pretty impressive for three guys from a rather small country to finish 1-2-3, not to mention the recent success of Ulstermen in world golf.

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