Michael Hoey has high hopes of contending on return to Moscow

Michael Hoey
Michael Hoey

Michael Hoey’s most recent of five career European Tour wins came at the M2M Russian Open two years ago, and the News Letter columnist returns to Moscow this week feeling like his game is in good shape to take on the stunning new venue at Skolkovo Golf Club.

The 36-year-old romped to a four shot victory two years ago at Tseleevo Golf Club to add to his impressive tally of wins which also includes four Challenge Tour titles.

It was his fifth triumph on the top tier in the space of four years but Hoey has since struggled to continue that incredible winning form, something which he is hoping to change this week.

“It’s a good opportunity here for myself and some of the younger guys to come and try get a win because the field isn’t as strong as the likes of Wentworth or the bigger tournaments,” said the former Amateur Champion.

“I used to play Challenge Tour at Moscow Country Club, which was always a fantastic course and when I won two years ago it was at Tseleevo – another great golf course. This is quality too, so the course is always when you come here.

“I haven’t really been totally sharp this year. We had a baby at the end of last year so we have two kids now and that can be tough with the travelling.

“I’m definitely disappointed not to have challenged as much this year but I’ve secured my job on The European Tour for next year so at least I have that. It’s been a tough year with the two young ones but it should get easier and I’m feeling great now so hopefully the end of the year can be good.

“I’m hitting the ball well. I just need to hole a couple of putts. I putted really well two years ago. If I can do that this week then you never know.”