Hoey cruises to four-shot win at Russian Open
Behind a 2-under 70, Michael Hoey cruised to his fifth career European Tour title on Sunday, clearing the M2M Russian Open field by four shots at the Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club in Moscow.
Hoey, 34, made his big move on Saturday, carding a 7-under 65 to take a four-shot lead into the final round.
“I have absolutely loved the golf course this week,” Hoey told EuropeanTour.com. “It is a great Nicklaus design and one of the best we will play on Tour for the whole year. The greens are just so pure and when you have surfaces like that to putt on then you can make a lot of putts.
“The putting was the key for me this week. I have been working hard on that a lot recently and the improvement is really showing because I making a lot of birdies."
Hoey had not finished better than 25th for the 2013 Euro Tour season and had missed seven of his last 10 cuts.
“It has given me a great boost. I am not the most consistent player in the world but when I get into these positions I usually do ok. But the next aim for me has to be to become a bit more consistent because that is the only way I will be able to get back among the best players in the world and stay there.”
Alexandre Kaleka and Matthew Nixon finished T-2 at 12 under.