Michael Hoey falls foul of rules for second tournament running

Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland

Michael Hoey has fallen foul of the rules for the second tournament running during his opening round at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

Hoey disqualified himself at the USPGA Championship when he realised he should have replaced sand over his ball.

This time he received a two-stroke penalty because, taking relief from ground under repair, he placed his ball instead of dropping it first.

Hoey lies one under after a 71, with Ballyclare's Gareth Maybin two under.

The Belfast player was penalised at the 17th hole when preferred lies were in operation.

"I hope that's it for life," said Hoey after completing his round on Thursday.

"It was not stupidity, I was just getting ahead of myself,"

The former British amtaeur champion understandably did not want to take too long as he also recently received a £2,000 fine in America for slow play.

"I'm having a nightmare. Lots of money, lots of shots," he added.

Maybin's impressive opening two-under-par 70 included four birdies and two bogeys and he lies two shots behind clubhouse leader Thorbjorn Olesen.

Hoey led the field on three under at one stage during his round, but fell back to finish on one under.

Hoey posted five birdies and two bogeys in his round, plus that double bogey at the par-five 17th.

Ryder Cup vice-captain Darren Clarke is well down the leaderboard after carding a three-over-par 75 in his opening round at Gleneagles.

Playing partners Australian Brett Rumford and little-known Norwegian Knut Borsheim are joint leaders after shooting 67.

Ryder Cup hopeful, Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, is two behind on three under.

Peter Lawrie had a level-par 72, one shot better then fellow Irishmen Damien McGrane, Paul McGinley and Simon Thornton.

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