Northern Irishman Michael Hoey edged out his compatriots Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell by two shots for the Dunhill Links title, becoming yet another Northern Irishman to win a golf event.
271st-ranked Hoey lost his initial three-shot lead at the outset of the last round but managed to recover by recording a four-under 68 after making three birdies on the final for holes. His countrymen McIlroy and McDowell and Scot George Murray did a little worse – Rory shot a 65 and settled for second place while George and Graeme came in third with a 67 and a 69, respectively.
This is the third title captured by Hoey that had brought the golfer his biggest prize check, but the thing that made him the happiest was that he edged out current U.S. Open champion McIlroy and last year’s U.S. Open winner McDowell. These two golfers have been an inspiration for Michael Hoey, and now the pupil outdid the masters.
Hoey was on the leader board and recorded a 66 in every of the three rounds of the pro-am tournament played at Scotland’s best golf courses – Kingsbarns, Carnoustie and St. Andrews.
It was the first golf tournament ever where Northern Irishmen took the entire podium, indicating the country’s high achievements in golf. Though happy with Northern Ireland’s win, McIlroy was a little bitter about coming in second and wished that he was the one to take the trophy.
Unlike McIlroy, McDowell was quite cheerful and said that no golfer lost the Dunhill Links Championship, it was just that Hoey played wonderfully well.