by Ronan MacNamara
Michael Hoey by Golffile
Michael Hoey is just five strokes adrift of the halfway lead after a second round of five-under-par 67 at the Open de Portugal at Royal Obidos Spa and Golf Resort.
Hoey’s round moves him inside the top-10 as he looks to keep moving towards the top-20 on the Road to Mallorca Standings.
The five-time European Tour winner recovered from a bogey on the third hole before a birdie on six levelled matters.
A sensational five-birdie stretch around the turn saw the 42-year-old catapult himself into contention as he headed home in 32.
Hoey trails Norway’s Kristian Keogh Johannessen by five after he shot a second round 66 to lead by the minimum on eleven-under-par.
The Norwegian, who made back-to-back eagles yesterday was in similar vein today as he posted six birdies on a blemish free scorecard.
Johannessen is 21st in the Challenge Tour rankings as he bids for his first win on the second tier.
The joint lowest round of the day belonged to Jens Dantorp of Sweden who carded a bogey free eight-under 64 to move within two of the lead.
The Swede is targeting promotion to the European Tour courtesy of a late charge up the rankings.
“I’m pleased to go bogey-free and to make eight birdies I’m even more happy.
“I was playing really solid creating chance after chance, putted well today, I holed my chances, still left a few out there but I’m not complaining.
“I want to climb into the top-20s, I know it’s a long way there but there’s three tournaments to play and that’s my goal.”