Michael Hoey qualifies for Open Championship at Hoylake

Michael Hoey has won five European Tour titles
Michael Hoey has won five European Tour titles

Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey has qualified to play in the Open Championship at Hoylake after finishing seventh at the French Open in Paris.

The five-times European Tour winner was one of the three players to book their spots at Royal Liverpool by securing a top-10 place at Le Golf National.

Swede Robert Karlsson and England's Matthew Baldwin also qualified.

Graeme McDowell fired a final-round 67 to win the tournament by one shot from Thongchai Jaidee and Kevin Stadler.

McDowell had started the day eight shots adrift of overnight leader Stadler, but his four-under-par closing round proved enough to retain his title.

Hoey, 35, shot a 71 to end one shot behind Karlsson, Baldwin and Welshman Jamie Donaldson.

For Hoey, it was his second top-10 finish on the European Tour within the space of two weeks as he had tied for eighth at the Irish Open at Fota Island.

He will join fellow Irish players Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry and amateur qualifier Paul Dunne in the field at Hoylake from 17-20 July.