Michael Hoey in contention at BMW International Open in Munich

Michael Hoey is five shots off the lead in the BMW International Open
Michael Hoey is five shots off the lead in the BMW International Open

Michael Hoey is five shots off the lead after firing a one-under-par 71 on Saturday at the BMW International Open in Munich.

Hoey is tied in fifth on 11 under and trails leader James Morrison from Surrey by five points.

The Belfast player carded four birdies after beginning the day two-under-par.

Darren Clarke is on six under after his round of 69, which included an eagle at the 18th.

Leader Morrison knows he has to maintain his consistent low scoring this week to stand a chance of winning his second European Tour title in six weeks.

The 30-year-old has not shot less than five-under in all three rounds at the event - something none of his nearest rivals have managed - and a second 67 of the week gave him a two-stroke lead heading into the final day.

But with scoring good around Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, last month’s Open de Espana winner accepts he will have to improve on his 16-under total if he is to close out victory on Sunday.

“The scoring has always been low here over the years so you have just got to keep going low and keep making birdies,” he said.

“Tomorrow I’ll try to draw on Spain’s good vibes and see what happens.

“I’m not playing much different than I’ve done in the last probably year or so but golf is a funny game and the margins are so fine.

“Every part of my game is coming together and it’s coming together at the right time.”

Morrison shot six birdies but only his second bogey in 54 holes at the last, where his approach from the rough over a grandstand struck a female marshal on the arm, meant he dropped a shot closer to Northumberland’s Chris Paisley, with whom he will go out with in the final pair.

Paisley carded seven birdies in nine holes from the third to sign for a 66 and move to 14 under, one ahead of Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.