Michael Hoey ties for eighth place at Portugal Masters

Michael Hoey
Michael Hoey completed an opening round of 65 on Friday morning in Portugal

Michael Hoey ended in a tie for eighth place at the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura after the tournament was reduced to 36 holes due to heavy rain.

Rounds of 65 and 67 saw Northern Ireland man Hoey finish on 10 under, eight behind winner Alexander Levy.

The tournament had been reduced to 54 holes because of heavy rain on Thursday and Friday but further heavy downpours on Sunday saw play brought to a halt.

Gareth Maybin and Darren Clarke had both missed the halfway cut mark.

Levy and playing partner Nicolas Colsaerts had played just a single hole of their third round at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Club when the heavens opened, drenching the course and prompting the organisers to abandon proceedings.

That meant the Frenchman, who had recorded rounds of 63 and 61, claimed his second European Tour win following his victory at the Volvo China Open in April.

Maybin ended in a tie for 80th on one under, having fallen two shots short of the projected cut mark for the final two rounds.

Clarke was a shot worse off after successive rounds of level-par 71.

After producing consistent form earlier in the season, Hoey has struggled for form in recent months but his eighth place will go a long way to securing his place in the top 60 in the rankings which would earn him a place in the lucrative final series of events in China, Turkey and Dubai.

Levy enjoyed a three-shot margin of victory over Belgian Colsaerts, with Felipe Aguilar, Morten Orum Madsen and Romain Wattel a further three shots behind in joint third.

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