CHALLENGE TOUR

Hoey inside the top-40 as Gouveia leads in Girona

By Ronan MacNamara  

Michael Hoey by Golffile

Michael Hoey is yet again steady if unspectacular in Girona as he shot a third round 69 to move to three-under and lie in a share of 39th

The five-time European Tour winner carded four birdies and two bogeys on his way around.

Currently, the 42-year-old is projected to drop to 37th in the Road to Mallorca rankings with the top-45 progressing to the grand final.

Hoey trails Ricardo Gouveia by a massive twelve shots with the Portuguese on fifteen-under and a shot ahead of Matteo Manassero.

A brilliant round from Manny who is looking to get back to the level he belongs.

His 63 in round three is his lowest round since the 2010 Hong Kong Open where he shot 62.

Gouveia shot a five-under 66 which included four birdies in five holes on his front nine.

His lone drop shot came on the 7th, but he responded with a brace of birdies on 11 and 12.

Having lead at the halfway stage the veteran remains at the summit going into the final round.

“It was great fun to play with Chase and Frederic today. It definitely helps because it pushes you to make birdies and to keep going and that’s what happened today, we started off four under through five, or something like that it was pretty crazy everything was going in.

“I got through a cold spell in the middle and then started off good again on the back nine. I kept playing well and just waited for my opportunities and yeah I am happy with the one shot lead.

“I think my attitude, last week my mindset wasn’t right.This week I’m in the right frame of mind so I am looking forward to tomorrow.

“It would be great to go above category 14 and get that third win. It would be pretty cool to have a chance to win the Rankings again at the Grand Final - that’s my goal now.”


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