FJ ambassador Michael Hoey (FJ ICON ) wrote another glorious chapter in the remarkable story of Northern Irish golf after holding off illustrious FJ compatriot Rory McIlroy (FJ Sport and Pure Touch Glove) to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Hoey, who began the week 271st in the Official World Golf Ranking, carded a final round of 68 at St Andrews for a 22 under par total of 266 to claim his second European Tour title of the season and the first prize of €588,148.
"It's taken a long time but I supposed in a weird way you enjoy it more because you have struggled through six goes at the Qualifying School."
Hoey, 32, began the final round five clear of McIlroy, only for the reigning U.S Open Champion to card four birdies and an eagle in a brilliant front nine of 30 to move into the lead.
McIlory began his final round in explosive fashion as he birdied the second and then holed his approach to the par four third for an eagle two, his ball pitching past the flag and spinning back into the hole.
Hoey missed from four feet for birdie on the 14th after hitting two drivers to the front of the green - "I felt I was throwing this away at that stage," he admitted. But he quickly put that disappointment behind him, holing close range birdie putts at the 15th and 16th to take a lead he would not relinquish.
"I knew I had to hit two of the best shots of my life into 16 and 17 and I was really pleased I was able to produce those." Three birdies in the last four holes was enough for Hoey to clinch victory holing out from inside 10 foot to take victory. The win propels Hoey from 271st to 98th in the Official Golf World Rankings and to 15th position on the Race to Dubai standings.
Fellow FJ Ambassador Luke Donald settled for a share of ninth after a closing 70, with his lead over McIlroy at the top of the Race to Dubai cut to just under €1,300,000.
A huge congrautaltions to Michael Hoey who I'm sure will be eager to carry his fine form into the next event, and the close of season Dubai World Championship.