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Hoey Wins in Russia
Michael Hoey won his fifth European title after carding a four-shot victory in the M2M Russian Open.
The man from Northern Ireland entered the final round with a five-shot lead at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club near Moscow and closed the game two-under 70, a score which held off the likes of France’s Alexandre Kaleka and England’s Matthew Nixon.
Kaleka was defending champion going into the event and shot a 68 to share second place with Nixon, who himself birdied the last for a 69 finish.
Hoey hadn’t bettered his finish of 25th on the European Tour so far this season and missed seven of the last 10 cuts coming into the event. But he managed to hold his nerve and add to his tally of European Tour successes – the last coming in the Trophee Hassan II in 2012 - and collect the winner's cheque for 166,660 Euros.
Hoey hit six straight pars before birdies at the seventh and eighth saw him move to 16-under and get to the turn five clear of his nearest pursuer. His only dropped shot of the day came at the 12th and a birdie at the 17th settled those late bone-jangling nerves.
Elsewhere it was the Dane JB Hansen who finished alone in fourth place after he dropped two shots on the 18th for a 68, with China’s Liang Wen-Chong, France’s Gregory Havret and England’s James Morrison and Mark Foster further back on 10 under par.