Michael Hoey slips to a 73 in Switzerland

Michael Hoey had a hole-in-one on Thursday in Switzerland
Michael Hoey is 11 shots behind leader Danny Willett at Crans Montana

Michael Hoey failed to follow up an impressing opening round at the European Masters after carding a three-over-par 73 in Switzerland on Friday.

The Belfast player enjoyed a hole-in-one on the way to a 65 on Thursday but a quadruple bogey and triple bogey contributed to a disappointing round.

Hoey finished on two under and 11 shots behind leader Englishman Danny Willett.

Peter Lawrie is sharing 20th place on five under after a 68 but Damien McGrane is certain to miss the cut.

McGrane played his opening 15 holes on Friday in seven over par to drop to 10 over with only a couple of players in the 156-strong field behind the Meath man.

Hoey's round also included an eagle at the short par-four 17th to go along with four birdies and two bogeys and he slipped to a share of 49th place at Crans-sur-Sierre.

After starting at the 10th, Hoey's immediate bogey was followed by a two at the short 11th before he suffered a seven at the par-three 13th.

The five-time European Tour winner bounced back with birdies at the 14th and 15th before his eagle at the 17th brought him to the turn in level-par 35.

A bogey and a birdie over his next six holes kept him on level par for the day before he suffered another destructive blow by dropping three shots at the par-four seventh.

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