Michael Hoey finishes 25th in Shenzhen International in China

Michael Hoey
Michael Hoey

Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey completed the Shenzhen International in China tied for 25th place.

Hoey finished six shots behind Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat who won after a play-off, with the Belfast man firing a three-under-par round of 69 after his 68 on Saturday.

He carded a stunning eagle at the par-five ninth in the final round and the result will help enhance Hoey’s position of 118th in the Race to Dubai standings.

Hoey has struggled for form this year and the five-time European Tour winner’s result in China is his best since he ended the Thailand Classic joint 35th in February.

Aphibarnrat produced a brilliant finish to claim his second European Tour title and break Chinese hearts.

Teenager Li Hao-tong looked to have done enough to secure a hugely popular victory on home soil, the 19-year-old emerging from a crowded leaderboard to card a closing 67 to finish 12 under par.

That left overnight leader Aphibarnrat two shots behind with two holes to play, only for the 25-year-old to hole from 18 feet for an eagle on the 17th and then miss from 12 feet for what would have been a winning birdie on the last.

The players returned to the 18th for the play-off and Aphibarnrat completed victory in style, hitting his approach to virtually the same place as he had in regulation and this time holing the birdie putt after Li had missed from long range.