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Michael Hoey parlays big lead into Russian Open victory

July 28, 2013 at 2:29 PM   |   Comments

MOSCOW, July 28 (UPI) -- Michael Hoey carded a 2-under-par 70 Sunday, good enough to hang onto his big lead and capture the Russian Open by four strokes.

Hoey finished at 16-under-par 272 after coming into the final round with a five-stroke advantage to claim his fifth career European Tour title.

He birdied No. 7 and 8 and came into the back nine with enough momentum to hold off Alexandre Kaleka down the stretch at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club.

Kaleka ended his day with a bogey, turning in a final-round 4-under 68 and settling for a second-place tie at 12-under 276 with Matthew Nixon (69).

J.B. Hansen (68) was fourth, one shot further back, while Gregory Havret (66), Wen-Chong Liang (66), Mark Foster (68) and James Morrison (69) all finished at 10-under.

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