Hoey tops Madeira Islands with 66

Updated: March 20, 2009, 5:33 PM ET
Associated Press

PORTO SANTO, Madeira Islands -- Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland had six birdies in a 5-under 66 that gave him a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Madeira Islands Open on Friday.

The former British amateur champion looking for his first tour title birdied four of his first six holes and made the turn in 32. He finished at 7-under 135 after two birdies and a bogey on the back nine of the Seve Ballesteros-designed Porto Santo Golfe course that features 500-foot sea cliffs.

He was a stroke ahead of joint overnight leader Joakim Haeggman of Sweden (70), Estanislao Goya of Argentina (68) and Michael McGeady of Ireland (67), who double-bogeyed his last hole.

Carlos Rodiles of Spain, who shot a course-record 65, and joint overnight leader Damien McGrane of Ireland (72) were another stroke back.


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