Michael Hoey (golfer)

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Michael Hoey
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Michael George Hoey
Born (1979-02-13) 13 February 1979 (age 35)
Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 80 kg (180 lb; 13 st)
Nationality  Northern Ireland
Residence Belfast, Northern Ireland
Spouse Bev (m. 2011)
Children Erin
Career
College Clemson University
Turned professional 2002
Current tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 8
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 5
Challenge Tour 4
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 2002
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship CUT: 2001, 2012
PGA Championship DQ: 2012

Michael George Hoey (born 13 February 1979) is a Northern Irish professional golfer who plays on the European Tour.

Amateur career[edit]

Hoey was born in Ballymoney but played much of his early golf at Shandon Park Golf Club in East Belfast. He won the British Amateur Championship in 2001 and was a member of the victorious 2001 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team. As British Amateur Champion, he was invited to play in the U.S. Masters in 2002, where he missed the cut by a single stroke. He turned professional later that year. He played his collegiate golf in the U.S. at Clemson University.

Professional career[edit]

Until 2009, Hoey had struggled to secure his place on the main European Tour and had mostly competed the second tier Challenge Tour where he has three tournament victories, the 2005 BA-CA Golf Open, the 2007 Tessali-Metaponto Open di Puglia e Basilicata, and the 2008 Banque Populaire Moroccan Classic. He finished 8th on the end of season rankings in 2005, which gave him automatic promotion to the European Tour. Following a largely unsuccessful début season in 2006, he returned to the Challenge Tour the following year. He regained his playing privileges on the European Tour for the 2009 season at final qualifying school.

Early in 2009, Hoey finished runner-up to Retief Goosen in the Africa Open on the Sunshine Tour. Then in April, he claimed his first European Tour title, at the Estoril Open de Portugal where he defeated Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño on the third hole of a sudden death playoff.[1] The win also gave him a one-year exemption on the European Tour. He won twice in 2011, including his most prestigious title to date at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He picked up his fourth victory on the European Tour in 2012 at the Trophée Hassan II.

In July 2013, Hoey won his fifth European Tour title at the M2M Russian Open, prevailing by four strokes from Alexandre Kaleka and Matthew Nixon. His victory was set up by a third round score of 65, which took him into the lead heading into the final round.

Hoey represented Ireland, alongside Gareth Maybin at the 2007 Omega Mission Hills World Cup where they finished in 24th position.

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

Professional wins (8)[edit]

European Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 5 Apr 2009 Estoril Open de Portugal −7 (66-76-69-66=277) Playoff Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño
2 22 May 2011 Madeira Islands Open^ −10 (72-68-67-71=278) 2 strokes England Chris Gane, England Jamie Elson
3 2 Oct 2011 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship −22 (66-66-66-68=266) 2 strokes Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
4 25 Mar 2012 Trophée Hassan II −17 (74-67-65-65=271) 3 strokes Republic of Ireland Damien McGrane
5 28 Jul 2013 M2M Russian Open −16 (70-67-65-70=272) 4 strokes France Alexandre Kaleka, England Matthew Nixon

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2009 Estoril Open de Portugal Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño Won with par on third extra hole

Challenge Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 4 Sep 2005 BA-CA Golf Open −19 (67-64-67-67=265) 1 stroke Sweden Steven Jeppesen
2 22 Apr 2007 Tessali-Metaponto Open di Puglia e Basilicata −13 (66-67-68-71=272) Playoff Wales Liam Bond
3 4 May 2008 Banque Populaire Moroccan Classic −12 (67-70-71-68=276) 1 stroke Scotland Greig Hutcheon, France Julien Quesne
4 22 May 2011 Madeira Islands Open^ −10 (72-68-67-71=278) 2 strokes England Chris Gane, England Jamie Elson

^ The 2011 Madeira Islands Open was dual ranked with the European and Challenge Tours.

Results in major championships[edit]

Michael Hoey
Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP CUT DNP WD
PGA Championship DNP DNP DQ DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
DQ = disqualified
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Palmer Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1999
  • Walker Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2001 (winners)

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hoey clinches maiden Tour triumph". BBC Sport. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 

External links[edit]