Michael Hoey into last 16 of Paul Lawrie Match Play in Scotland

Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey
Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey

Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey is into the last 16 in the Paul Lawrie Match Play event at Murcar in Scotland.

In challenging conditions, Hoey was three under for is 14 holes as the Belfast player came out on top with a 5&4 second round win over Kristoffer Broberg from Sweden.

The 36-year-old hit a birdie at the third and was three up after five, remaining three up after nine before improving to five up after 12.

After a bogey at the 13th, Broberg’s shot went out of bounds on 14 to end the match and Hoey will now face Gregory Havret from France in the third round on Saturday morning.

Hoey beat Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer 2&1 in the first round on Thursday.

The Galgorm Castle tournament professional has made the cut in his last six European Tour events and finished in a share of seventh place at the BMW International Open in Germany.

Currently 91st in the Race to Dubai standings, Hoey will be tournament ambassador at next week’s Northern Ireland Open European Challenge Tour event at Galgorm Castle.