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Michael Hoey

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Michael Hoey

Northern Ireland star Michael Hoey will miss next week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at his home course Galgorm Castle after sustaining what he described as "a freak injury".

The five-time European Tour winner was set to tee it up alongside some of the best on the European circuit at both this week's Open de Portugal and next week's Irish Open, however a deep cut on his hand has forced his withdrawal from both events.

The 41-year-old played at the Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm a couple of weeks ago and was due to be one of the local aces in the field next week when the Co Antrim course hosts its first European Tour event.

"Shame to miss Portuguese Open this week and @DDFIrishOpen next week @GalgormCastle but luckily no major damage of which I'm very thankful," Hoey wrote on Twitter, while confirming he will be sidelined for at least three weeks with the injury.

Meanwhile, Tommy Fleetwood insists he is ready to enjoy the "absolute grind" of a US Open as he seeks a first Major title at Winged Foot.

"I have not played Winged Foot before but I have heard people say how tough it is, and I think it's a US Open and that is just what you have to expect," said Fleetwood, who impressed at last week's Portugal Masters.

"You know what is coming. You're not going to go there wondering what am I going to need this week and what the course is going to be like - which is a good thing - and I have always enjoyed the odd week a year to have an absolute grind out there."

Belfast Telegraph