More joy in Portugal for Hoey

Second title for Ulsterman - both Portuguese

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Mon, 23 May 2011

More joy in Portugal for Hoey

Michael Hoey again won on Portuguese soil after a two-stroke victory at the Madeira Islands Open.

While all eyes were on the World Matchplay Championship final, the rest of the European Tour players were out in the Atlantic where Hoey edged away from co-54 hole leader Jamie Elson to add to his 2009 Portugal Open title.

The 32-year-old carded birdies at eight and 14 and a bogey at 13 for a 1-under final-day 71 to add to his first three rounds of 72, 68 and 67 – a 10-under 278.

Englishman Elson was forced to settle for a share of second place at 8-under with compatriot Chris Gane after a disappointing fourth-round 73.

Another Englishman, Simon Wakefield, came within a whisker of the European Tour’s first ever 59.

The 37-year-old began his superb round with an eagle at three and four straight birdies from five through eight. More birdies followed at ten, 11, 12, 15 and 17 to see the Newcastle-under-Lyme man reach the par-5 18th in 56 shots, meaning another eagle would have taken him into the record books.

But it was not to be, as he found water and carded a double-bogey seven to finish on 1-under par for the tournament.

Home favourite Jose-Filipe Lima, Italian Federico Colombo and Lloyd Saltman, brother of controversial Scot Elliott, tied for fourth at 6-under.

Hoey’s second Tour title boosted his bank account to the tune of €116,660.

Madeira Islands Open Final Leaderboard

-10 M Hoey (NI)
-8 J Elson (Eng), Chris Gane (Eng)
-6 F Colombo (Ita), JF Lima (Por), L Saltman (Sco)
-5 M Brier (Aut), M Carlsson (Swe), C Moriarty (Irl)
-4 A Forsyth (Sco), S Garcia (Esp), B Grace (RSA), R Santos (Por), L Slattery (Eng), T Whitehouse (Eng)