Michael Hoey drops back in third round of Qatar Masters

Michael Hoey
Michael Hoey has made his first cut of the new European Tour season

Michael Hoey lost ground on the leaders at the Qatar Masters in Doha after posting a third round of two-over-par 74 to lie on two under.

Hoey had posted rounds of 71 and 69 but he now lies well down the field in a tie for 53rd position after carding a birdie and three bogeys on Friday.

Peter Lawrie is joint 32nd on five under despite firing a 75 while Damien McGrane is also two under after a 74.

Scotland's Marc Warren is one of four players tied for the lead on 13 under.

South African Branden Grace, Emiliano Grillo of Argentina and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger share the lead ahead of Saturday's final round.

Defending champion Sergio Garcia is one under after a 77.

Five-times European Tour winner Hoey is playing his third event of the new season after failing to make the cut in his two previous tournaments.

The Galgorm Castle touring professional finished 57th in last year's Race to Dubai.