Hoey wins Hassan II Trophy in Morocco

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Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey shot a second successive 65 to win the Trophy Hassan II by three shots in Morocco.

Hoey finished on 17-under par, three shots ahead of Ireland’s Damian McGrane. Hoey was pushed all the way by England’s Jamie Donaldson, who lit up Golf du Palais Royal with a course-record 11-under par 61 to finish tied-third, which included three eagles.

The win was his fourth on the European Tour, his third in his last 25 events, and he moves up to 14th in the Race to Dubai.

“It’s all a bit surreal at the moment but it always feels like that for me,” said Hoey.

“I was really trying to stay in the present all day and go through the routines of one shot at a time and everything else and then I was really surprised to see Damien had dropped shots as I played the 17th but it was great to have that three shot lead playing the last.”

“I was actually thinking that I might struggle to make the cut after shooting two over in the first round but I started swinging the club really well and the confidence was there so it was great to back that up with the scores too. The second round was a good 67 and then to shoot two 65s over the weekend was pretty special really.”

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