Hoey's late birdies net Morocco victory

March 25, 2012 at 2:18 PM
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AGADIR, Morocco, March 25 (UPI) -- Michael Hoey used three late birdies to cement the lead Sunday and went on to post a come-from-behind victory at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.

Hoey fired a pair of 7-under 65s over the last two rounds to claim his fourth European Tour title.

After falling behind third-round co-leader Damien McGrane on the 11th hole Sunday, Hoey birdied the 14th and 15th to claim the lead, later padding his advantage with another birdie at the par-five 17th.

He finished three strokes clear of the field at 17-under 271.

McGrane bogeyed the 17th and ended the day with a 2-under 70, good for a second place at minus-15.

Two strokes further back was Jamie Donaldson, who flirted with a possible 59 during a fantastic round but settled instead for an 11-under 61.

He shared third place with Robert Coles (67) and Phillip Price (69) at 13-under 275.

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