Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey won the M2M Russian Open at the Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club near Moscow by four shots from Alexandre Kaleka of France and England’s Matthew Nixon.
The Northern Irishman began the final round four strokes clear of the pack and maintained his advantage throughout the final day. In the end he finished with the same gap between himself and the field as he’d possessed when he had started. The victory was his fifth on the European Tour.
“It’s pretty amazing to think that I have won five European Tour titles. It is a great feeling to win and every time you do it you just want more and more. Hopefully I can get at least another one before the end of the season,” he said. “The putting was the key for me this week. I’ve been working hard on that recently.”
The 34-year-old had been enduring a poor season until this event, his best finish on the European Tour being a tie for 25th in the Volvo Golf Champions. But with a front nine of two-under-par, he began the final nine holes five shots clear.
A dropped shot at the 12th gave a small hope to the chasing group – Alexandre Kaleka and JB Hansen were his nearest pursuers at that stage.
But Hoey, made certain when he birdied the 17th and both Kaleka and Hansen struggled on the final hole. The Frenchman dropped a shot and the Dane finished with a double bogey.
That left Hoey with a comfortable cushion coming down the last and he made certain of the win by carding a closing par four.
“I did feel the pressure a bit,” he said. “But I got the job done in the end.”
Kaleka finished tied for second with Matthew Nixon from England. Nixon played a solid back nine of 33 to climb out of the pack and claim a share of the runner’s up spot.
M2M Russian Open
Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club, Moscow
Jul 25-28, purse €1,000,000 par 72
1 Michael Hoey (NIR) 70 67 65 70 272 €166,660
T2 Alexandre Kaleka (Fra) 70 67 71 68 276 €86,855
T2 Matthew Nixon (Eng) 69 70 68 69 276 €86,855
4 JB Hansen (Den) 72 70 67 68 277 €50,000
T5 Mark Foster (Eng) 69 69 72 68 278 €33,100
T5 Gregory Havret (Fra) 72 70 70 66 278 €33,100
T5 Liang Wen-Chong (Chn) 67 70 75 66 278 €33,100
T5 James Morrison (Eng) 68 71 70 69 278 €33,100
9 Simon Dyson (Eng) 67 74 71 68 280 €22,400
T10 Matthew Baldwin (Eng) 68 69 73 72 282 €18,533
T10 Mikko Korhonen (Fin) 69 70 70 73 282 €18,533
T10 Alexander Levy (Fra) 72 72 71 67 282 €18,533
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage
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