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HOEY HAPPY AS HE WINS IN MOSCOW; GOLF.

NORTHERN Ireland's Michael Hoey shot a final-round 70 to claim a four-stroke victory at the M2M Russian Open in Moscow.

The 34-year-old, who led by five overnight after a 65 in his third round, birdied three more holes to finish comfortably ahead on 16-under-par 272.

France's Alexandre Kaleka and England's Matthew Nixon were the closest challengers, finishing on 12 under. Victory was Hoey's fifth European Tour title and represented a return to form after missing seven of his previous 10 cuts.

Hoey said: "I have absolutely loved the golf course this week.

"The putting was the key for me. I have been working hard on that a lot recently and the improvement is really showing because I making a lot of birdies.

"That is the main difference at this level. You have to be able to make a lot of putts because the standard is so high these days that it usually comes down to who makes the most putts.

"It's pretty amazing to think that I have won five European Tour titles.

"It is a great feeling to win and every time you do it you just want more and more. Hopefully I can get at least another one before the end of the season.

"It has given me a great boost. I am not the most consistent player in the world but when I get into these positions I usually do OK."

Hoey dropped just one shot throughout the day, at the 12th, and his lead was cut to two by Kaleka and Dane JB Hansen.

But his birdie at the 17th steadied nerves and Kaleka (bogey) and Hansen (double bogey) both dropped strokes at the last to card 68s.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 29, 2013
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