Hoey outlasts Fernandez-Castano
CASCAIS, Portugal -- Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland earned his first European Tour win by beating Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain on the third playoff hole at the Estoril Open on Sunday.
Both players had finished at 7-under 277 at the Oitavos Dunes course.
Hoey had four birdies in his first 10 holes on his way to a joint-best 5-under 66. Fernandez-Castano had four birdies for a 67.
1. Hoey* (-7)
2. Fernandez-Castano (-7)
3. Molinari (-6)
T-4. Lundberg (-5)
T-4. Donaldson (-5)
T-4. Broadhurst (-5)
* -- won on third playoff hole
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The players sank tricky par putts to stay even over the first two holes before Fernandez-Castano missed from 12 feet to give Hoey an opening at No. 17. Hoey then sank an 8-footer for par and the victory.
"I didn't really think about winning, but I had all the breaks and it really was my day," the 30-year-old Hoey said. "It's totally a life-changing moment, it's amazing really. If I can keep this mentality going it's definitely the way forward."
Fernandez-Castano lost in sudden death for the first time.
Broadhurst led by one going into the round, but started with three bogeys in the first five holes and then had a double-bogey at the par-5 13th.
Hoey earned $208,330 in denying Fernandez-Castano a fourth career win.
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