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Second place finish for Michael Hoey in South Africa

Northern Irelands Michael Hoey

Northern Irelands Michael Hoey

Michael Hoey ended in a tie for second place at the Tshwane Open in South Africa after posting a final round of four-under-par 68 to lie 17 under on Sunday.

Hoey carded an eagle, four birdies and a double bogey in his closing 18 holes to tie with Danie van Tonder.

The Shandon Park player had started the day five shots behind England’s Ross Fisher and the former Ryder Cup player went on to win the tournament by four shots.

For Fisher, it was his first European Tour title for three years.

Ireland’s Kevin Phelan finished with a 70 to end joint sixth on 13 under.

Shane Lowry recorded a 75 for four under at the Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate.

Fisher began the final round five strokes clear and held off the chasing pack with a last-day score of 70 to finish on 20 under.

The 33-year-old had to withstand a couple of challenges on a wet final day, but a long eagle putt on the par-five 15th all but snuffed out the danger.

Fisher had not won on the European Tour since the 2010 Irish Open and, after tumbling out of the world’s top 50 during his title drought, has now thrust himself into contention for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles later this year.

 

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