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Hoey's £13,000 consolation as Quiros claims Italian victory

 

By Phil Casey

Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey finished joint 11th in the Rocco Forte Open in Italy yesterday for a £13,000 payday.

Hoey, who had been challenging at the top of the leaderboard on Thursday and Friday before slipping back, shot a round of 72 yesterday, 276 overall - a performance Hoey will take heart from.

Spain's Alvaro Quiros had mixed emotions after recovering from squandering a seven-shot lead with 12 holes left to beat Zander Lombard in a play-off at Sciacca.

Quiros secured his seventh European Tour title, but a first since 2011, with a par on the second extra hole at Verdura Golf Club after South Africa's Lombard three-putted from 40 feet.

The pair had finished tied on 14 under par, one shot ahead of China's Li Haotong, who had an albatross on the 12th in a closing 66 but had to be persuaded to get off a bus heading to the airport as the final group stumbled over the closing stretch.

Spain's Pep Angles was a shot further back after a bogey on the last, with Australians Marcus Fraser and Jason Scrivener sharing fifth.

"It's a strange feeling because obviously I'm very happy," said Quiros, who reached as high as 21st in the world in 2011 but started the week 703rd.

"It's a victory and means a lot of things, but unfortunately I didn't really like how I finished the round. But I could be speaking about second position so I'm happy.

"At the end the result is the victory and that's the most important thing. It's been a little bit of a mess. The game wasn't that bad, just the last few holes I started to struggle into the wind."

Lombard said: "I'm very happy with how I kept myself in contention and all the best for Alvaro. He's a great champion, he's won in the past and it's nice to see him win again. Winning isn't everything but I can't complain, losing in a play-off."

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