Michael Hoey five off lead in Russian Open

Belfast's Michael Hoey
Belfast's Michael Hoey

Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey is five shots off the lead at the halfway stage of the Russian Open in Moscow.

Hoey fired a five-under-par 66 on Friday, recovering from his only dropped shot of the day at the second to hit six birdies.

Belfast player Hoey is in joint 10th place, five behind leader Bradley Dredge.

Hoey’s tour card for 2016 looks safe after moving up to 77th in the Race to Dubai standings following some decent form over the past couple of months.