Late mistakes costly for Michael Hoey in Paris

Michael Hoey
Michael Hoey

A couple of late mistakes sent Michael Hoey sliding down the leaderboard on the opening day of the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National on Thursday.

Hoey was two under after 14 holes but a double-bogey six at the 15th followed by a bogey at 16 eventually saw him finish on one under par 73.

Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke failed to make a birdie in his four over 75.

Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger and home favourite Victor Dubuisson set the clubhouse target after two thunderstorms disrupted play in the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National on Thursday.

Play was suspended just moments before it was due to get under way at 7.30am local time at the 2018 Ryder Cup venue, although the initial delay lasted just 30 minutes.

However, only 42 minutes of play was possible before the threat of lightning again forced players off the course, this time causing a delay of two hours.

The delay forced defending champion, Graeme McDowell to wait until 4pm to finally get his opening round started.