Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey will take a one stroke lead into the final round of the European Challenge Tour’s Dutch Futures presented by Royal Bank of Scotland.
The Belfast 29 year old carded an excellent third round of four under par 68 at the Golf Club Houtrak on the outskirts of Amsterdam for a three round aggregate of ten under par 206 and lead England’s Chris Gane by a stroke.
Hoey, already a winner on the Challenge Tour this in Morocco, is looking for the victory that would put him within touching distance of a return to The European Tour next season.
“I am playing a lot more freely at the moment,” said Hoey. “Things have been getting a bit over-technical this year but I am starting to accept my poor shots straight away and staying relaxed. The putter has been a lot hotter this week as well and you need to make putts to succeed at this level.”
Hoey is currently 31st on the Challenge Tour Rankings. Victory tomorrow would propel him inside the magic top 20 with just three events of the season remaining, although he would need to add some more points in those three tournaments to guarantee his return to The European Tour.