European Golf Tour
Hoey storms back for Trophee Hassan title



Agadir, Morocco (Sports Network) - Michael Hoey fired a seven-under 65 on Sunday to come from behind and win the Trophee Hassan II title at Golf du Palais Royal.

Hoey finished at 17-under 271 and won by three strokes over Damien McGrane, who shared the third-round lead, but only managed a two-under 70 on Sunday.

Jamie Donaldson was on a 59 watch through most of the final round, but ultimately signed for an 11-under 61. That was good enough for a new course record and a share of third place.

Robert Coles posted a five-under 67 and Phillip Price had a three-under 69 to match Donaldson at 13-under 275.

Matteo Manassero, who shared the third-round lead with McGrane, needed a win on Sunday to move into the top 50 in the world rankings. He posted an even-par 72 and tied for sixth with Edoardo Molinari and Keith Horne, who both had 67s Sunday. The trio finished at minus-12.

The third round was completed Sunday morning after a five-and-a-half-hour wind delay on Friday set the tournament back. It ended on time and all it took from Hoey was a pair of 65s in the last two rounds to claim his fourth European Tour title.

On Sunday, Hoey broke into red figures with a birdie at the par-three second. He went on a spectacular run with four straight birdies from the fifth and found himself two strokes clear of the field.

Hoey hit a terrible approach at the 10th that led to a bogey. McGrane, in the group behind, birdied the 10th hole to immediately erase the two-stroke deficit and tie for first.

McGrane birdied the par-four 11th to move ahead on his own, but a bogey at 12 knocked him back into a tie. Once again, McGrane pulled in front with a birdie, this time at the 13th, but Hoey soared past him down the stretch.

Hoey birdied the 14th and 15th to claim the lead. He padded his cushion with a birdie at the par-five 17th, and when McGrane bogeyed the same hole behind him, it was academic.

Hoey parred 18 to win for the second straight year on the European Tour.

Hoey, a 33-year-old from Northern Ireland, won the Madeira Islands Open last year and followed up that victory with a title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He also won the 2009 Open de Portugal.

Ignacio Garrido (68), Hennie Otto (69), Pablo Larrazabal (68), James Kingston (70) and Jose Manuel Lara (72) tied for ninth place at 11-under 277.

NOTES: Hoey pocketed 250,000 euros for the victory...Molinari and his brother Francesco were the only players in the field qualified for the Masters and Francesco shot a three-under 69 to tie for 17th at eight-under...Last year's winner, David Horsey, fired a six-under 66 and shared 14th at minus-nine...The European Tour moves to Italy next week for the Sicilian Open, where Raphael Jacquelin captured the 2011 title.

03/25 13:38:01 ET