Michael Hoey misses out on BMW title after 70 in Munich

Michael Hoey watches his tee shot during Sunday's final round
Michael Hoey watches his tee shot during Sunday's final round

A disappointing back nine cost Michael Hoey the chance to win the BMW International Open in Munich on Sunday.

The Belfast player moved into a tie for the lead with four birdies in five holes before the turn.

However, bogies at 13 and 14 left Hoey with a two-under-par 70 as he finished in joint seventh on 13 under, four behind winner Pablo Larrazabal.

Former Open champion Darren Clarke carded a 69 and ended the tournament in joint 20th on nine under.

Clarke dropped a shot at the sixth but picked up birdies at nine, 13, 15 and 16.

Hoey, a five-time tour winner, started the day five off the pace but birdies at five, six, eight and nine put him in the hunt for a sixth title.

His challenge ended with the slip-ups on the back nine but he still secured a top-10 finish.

Shane Lowry (73) was seven under and Damien McGrane (72) a further shot back.

Paul Lawrie (70) finished on four under while Kevin Phelan (72) was well back on two over.

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