Madeira Islands Open

Round up: Top 10s for Hume and Hurley in Argentina, Madeira cancelled

Argentinian Amateur — Jack Hume tied for sixth and Gary Hurley claimed a share of eighth in the Argentinian Amateur Open in Buenos Aires.

Round up: Top 10s for Hume and Hurley in Argentina, Madeira cancelled

Cavalry charge as Madeira reduced to 36 holes — Phelan, Maybin, Lawrie and Thornton all have a chance

There's good news and bad news from Madeira. The good news is that Kevin Phelan, Gareth Maybin, Peter Lawrie and even Simon Thornton are in with a chance of winning the weather-cursed Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI.

Cavalry charge as Madeira reduced to 36 holes — Phelan, Maybin, Lawrie and Thornton all have a chance

Higgins best of Irish in Madeira

Scott Henry moved into a strong position in the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI as a five under par opening round of 67 earned the Scotsman the clubhouse lead before play was suspended overnight due to fog.

Higgins best of Irish in Madeira

No joy for Higgins or McGrane

Peter Uihlein with the Madeira Islands Open trophy. ©Getty ImagesDavid Higgins and Damien McGrane failed to make in-roads in the Race to Dubai standings as Peter Uihlein claimed his maiden professional title in superb style at the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI.

Higgins goes mad on Madeira

David Higgins is through to the weekend in Madeira. Picture Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieDavid Higgins hit eight birdies in a rollercoaster 69 to make the cut in the weather-delayed Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI.

McGrane digs deep in Madeira

Damien McGrane, picutred in Spain earlier this season, got off to a positive start in Madeira. Picture by Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieDamien McGrane prpdocued one of his trademark scrambling perforrmances to open with a one under 71 in the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI.

Moriarty cut as Wilson bites in Madeira

Oliver Wilson is chasing his maiden tour win in Madeira. ©Getty ImagesGlasson’s Colm Moriarty missed the cut by a shot as Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson fired a seven under 65 in the Madeira Islands Open - Portugal to lead a European Tour event for the first time since November 2008.

Hoey happy being Hoey: “I used watch Graeme or Luke Donald winning events and feel jealous. But I am over that now"

Micahel Hoey in action in Malaga in March. Photo Eoin Clarke/Golffile 2011)Michael Hoey admits that he’s over his jealousy of superstars Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald.

The Ulster star, 32, grabbed just his second tour win in the Madeira Islands Open on Sunday and confessed he’s ready to do his own thing from now on.

Hoey tastes sweet victory in Madeira

Michael Hoey in action during last season’s Irish Open in Killarney. Credit: golffile.ieWho else but Michael Hoey could use words like crazy, weird, ugly, strange and lucky to describe a brilliantly resilient two-shot victory in the Madeira Islands Open?

The quixotic and wildly talented, 32-year old Ulsterman has always been Irish golf’s mystery man. But following his second European Tour win and his fifth as a professional, you get the impression that he is finally about to live up to his massive potential.

Hoey aggressively chasing second tour title in Madeira

Michael Hoey plans to be aggressive when he goes into final round of the Madeira Islands Open tied for the lead with England’s Jamie Elson.

Bidding for his second European Tour title, just over two years after his maiden win in the Estoril Open de Portugal, 32-year old Hoey fired six birdies in a five under par 67 to share top spot on nine under par.

Thornton leads Irish challenge in Madeira

Simon Thornton. Credit: golffile.ieNewcastle’s Simon Thornton built on his good form in Mallorca last week when he carded with a one-under par 71 on a windswept opening day of Madeira Islands Open at Port Santo Golfe.

Child's play for Father-to-be Thornton in Madeira

Simon Thornton fired himself into contention at the Madeira Islands Open – BPI Portugal with a second-round of 66, and then confirmed that he will see the tournament out even if his wife goes into labour as expected this weekend.

Thornton on-song in Portugal

In the midst of all the Tiger-led frenzy surrounding this year’s Masters you could be forgiven for thinking that there is only one golf tournament being played this week. Away from the media glare of Augusta however is this week’s rather low-key European Tour event, the Maderia Islands Open – BPI Portugal, where Simon Thornton is leading the Irish charge after day one.