Michael Hoey finishes eighth at Hero Indian Open

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Michael Hoey, making his 2017 tournament bow, finished tied for eighth at the Hero Indian Open yesterday.

The 38-year-old carded a final round three over par 75 to end the tournament on level par, 10 shots behind the winner SSP Chawrasia.

It’s Michael’s best result on the European Tour since finishing fourth at the M2M Russian Open in September 2015.

Chawrasia, meanwhile, claimed his fourth European Tour title on home soil, and a fourth in Delhi, after mounting a hugely impressive title defence.

He carded a final round of 71 to finish 10 under par and seven shots ahead of Malaysia’s Gavin Green, with just seven players ending the tournament under par.

Italy’s Matteo Manassero and Scotland’s Scott Jamieson shared third place on two under, with Spain’s Carlos Pigem carding a double bogey on the 72nd hole to drop into a tie for fifth with compatriot Rafa Cabrera Bello and former champion Anirban Lahiri.

Chawrasia ranks 195th out of 196 for driving distance on the European Tour and was not expected to be suited by the change of venue from the tight, tree-lined Delhi Golf Club to DLF Golf and Country Club, which can play to more than 7,600 yards.

But the 38-year-old managed his game superbly and utilised his brilliant short game to card just six bogeys all week.

“I’m winning back-to-back so I’m really very happy,” Chawrasia said.

“I was very happy to have everyone supporting me and having my wife here too to see me winning. I learned many things this week and hopefully I can play better in Europe.”

Over in America, Graeme McDowell closed out the Valspar Championship with a final round 67 to share 14th, nine shots behind the winner, Adam Hadwin