Consistency is Hoey's bugbear
The word “erratic” doesn’t apply when trying to describe Michael Hoey, winner of three European Tour events in the last 10 months.
Students of chaos theory would have a field day analysing the Belfast man’s form, which took another wild turn in Malaysia yesterday in his first outing since his victory in last month’s Trophee Hassan II.
McIlroy victorious in defeat as Manassero takes the silverware
McIlroy playing for high stakes in Kuala Lumpur
Rory McIlroy has done his reputation no end of good in Kuala Lumpur this week by bouncing back from the bitter disappointment of a final round major championship disaster with an impressive display of mental fortitude. Unfortunately, he’s in a no-win situation.
"It was a slight speed bump but nothing more than that" - McIlroy
Rory McIlroy jumped at the chance to give caddie JP Fitzgerald a timely vote of confidence after he opened with a “blind” three under par 69 in his first round since his closing 80 at Augusta on Sunday.
The Ulsterman didn’t have enough time to play a practice round ahead of the Maybank Malaysian Open at a steamy Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. But he quickly praised Fitzgerald, criticised in several media outlets following his Masters meltdown, for his diligent preparation.
Careful driver Lawrie survives imperfect 10
Send Darren Clarke, Peter Lawrie and Gary Murphy out on the town and it’s a fair bet that Lawrie would soon be handed the car keys as the designated driver.
It’s not that the Dubliner is more abstemious than the other two, but he’s simply not a man of extremes.
Clarke sweating in Kuala Lumpur
Darren Clarke may have to sweat to make the cut after struggling to a one-over-par 73 in the opening round of the Maybank Malaysian Open in steamy Kuala Lumpur.
The Dungannon man was two under par after three holes but dropped five shots to slip to three over before repairing some of the damage with birdies at the final two holes and share 71st place.