Hoey wins Madeira Islands Open by two for his second European Tour title

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Two birdies and one bogey in the final round was more than enough for Michael Hoey to pick up another trophy.
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Published: Sunday, May 22, 2011 | 3:10 p.m.

Michael Hoey claimed his second European Tour title Sunday with a two-stroke victory at the Madeira Islands Open.

The Northern Irishman, who had shared the overnight lead with Englishman Jamie Elson, added to his score with birdies at the eighth and 14th holes. His only blemish came with a dropped shot on the par-3 13th, but a final round of 71 saw him finish clear of his rivals on 10 under for the tournament.


The Madeira Islands Open is played on the rocky seaside Porto Santo Golf Club course, which was designed by Seve Ballesteros and opened in 1994.

Elson had to settle for a share of second place with compatriot Chris Gane after posting three birdies against four bogeys on the final day.

Gane enjoyed a strong finish with three birdies on the back nine lifting his score to 1 under for the day and 8 under overall.

Italy's Frederico Colombo led a group of three players tied for fourth on 6 under. Colombo produced one of the rounds of the day with seven birdies, but a double bogey on the par-4 fourth marred his final round of 67.

Home favorite Jose-Filipe Lima finished level with Colombo following a 4-under 68, including three birdies over the back nine, while Scotland's Lloyd Saltman completed the trio with his score of two under on the final day.

Further down the field, Englishman Simon Wakefield missed out on becoming the first player to shoot a 59 on the European Tour. The 37-year-old from Newcastle-under-Lyme needed an eagle at the par-5 last to achieve the feat, but a double-bogey 7 meant he carded a 63, which left him 1 under par for the tournament.

Wakefield had kicked off his extraordinary round with an eagle 3 at the third and then rattled off four straight birdies between the fifth and eighth holes. Three more followed in a row at the start of the back nine and two more at 14 and 17 put him in position to make history, but his run was stopped on the 18th green.