Hoey eyeing Ryder Cup place

Published Friday, 30 March 2012
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Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey tells UTV he has a good chance to earn his Ryder Cup debut after recording his fourth victory on the European tour in Morocco.

Hoey eyeing Ryder Cup place
Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey at the final round of the Trophee du Hassan. (© Getty)

The Belfast golfer shot a 65 in the final round in Agadir on Sunday to clinch the Hassan Trophy, finishing on -17 - three shots ahead of second-placed Irishman Damien McGrane.

"Two 65s at the weekend was probably the best golf I've ever played and on such a unique golf course in such good condition, it was great," he told UTV.

It is Hoey's first top-10 finish since his victory at St Andrews nearly six months ago - and the golfer admits he is getting "better with age".

I seem to be able to finish the job off when I get into contention and it's been amazing, three wins on 10 months - it's dream stuff really.

Michael Hoey

"I've got a good coach; I've worked pretty hard in the gym; I've worked on my game and things have just come together. It's been 10 years on the tour now and sometimes in golf, you can get better with age."

The win has allowed Hoey to move up the world rankings, from 98th in the world to 74th place.

"It's amazing really; there's a lot of good players and to be 74th is great, hopefully I can get top 50 in the world - that would open a lot more doors as well."

Hoey is now pushing for a Ryder Cup debut in 2012.

"I'll have to play great the rest of the year. There are so many good players in contention that it'll be tough but I've got a good chance," he says.

He is also keen to raise his profile to join Northern Ireland's big golfing stars - Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell - ahead of this summer's Irish Open at Royal Portrush.

"I just need to get more experience in the majors; I'm playing in the Open this year and hopefully the US Open and the USPGA. Unfortunately not Augusta next week - I'll enjoy watching it but I just need to play in a few more and get some top 20s and just move up."

Hoey beat McIlroy at the Dunhill Links Championship last October.

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