Hoey chasing leaders after two rounds at Czech Masters

Michael Hoey
Michael Hoey

Michael Hoey is four shots off the lead after two rounds of the D+D REAL Czech Masters.

Hoey carded a two under par round of 70 yesterday to finish the day tied for seventh at the event which is lead by Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick and Sweden’s Pelle Edberg.

“It was windier and trickier than on the opening day so that was a satisfying effort today,” said Michael.

“I got off to a slow start but had a reasonably good finish. I would like to have got to nine under possibly, but there is a long way to go.”

Fitzpatrick impressed, particularly on the back nine.

He picked up birdies at the 11th, sank a 30-foot putt for an eagle three at the 12th and then holed from 15 feet for another birdie on the last.

A top prize of 166,660 euros (£121,000) is on offer to the winner this week.

Fitzpatrick, who turns 21 next week said; “I got a bit frustrated in the middle of the round when I wasn’t holing any putts. I missed a few chances but picked it up on the back nine.

“The putt on the 18th was a nice way to finish with a birdie, to pick up one more and move to the top.”

Fitzpatrick, who turned professional last year, is chasing a maiden European Tour win.

He went close with a runner-up finish in Switzerland last month and is now hoping to go one better.

“I’m looking forward to the weekend now,” he said.

“It’s another chance to put myself in contention for Sunday.”

Edberg, who played the back nine first, charged into contention with a strong finish.

He claimed three birdies in succession from the fourth and another on the ninth.

“Like yesterday I putted really well. I holed a lot of putts and it was good off the tee and had some nice irons, so it added up to a good score,” said Edberg.

“I talked to a few guys this morning and they said there was no wind so there was some good scores out there, so we got a bit nervous when it picked up on the front nine, but it died down on the back nine.”

Belgium’s Thomas Pieters is a shot back on 10 under while two Englishmen, Robert Dinwiddie and Sam Hutsby, are in a tie for fourth at eight under along with Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen.

“It was another solid day. The course suits me. Some of these tee shots really suit my eye,” said Pieters.

I’m striking the ball well off the tee which helps.”