Michael Hoey enjoys encouraging start to Malaysian Open

Michael Hoey
Michael Hoey

Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey sits just two shots off the lead at the Maybank Malaysian Open after an opening round of 67 on Thursday.

Maybin enjoyed a profitable round with the putter – including a 50-footer at the 13th – to finish the day on five under par.

“A lot of putts went in, that was the highlight. I holed that 50-footer on the 13th up the hill. It was good chipping and putting all the way, so I’m really happy,” Hoey said.

“It’s weird because my grips hadn’t set properly and I didn’t have a lot of confidence before I went out. The grips were moving slightly so I had to hold down the grip. So it just shows you in golf if you have low expectations you can play well.”