Michael Hoey’s 64 Leads Thailand Classic

12 February 2015, Posted by , , , , , 0

On a day when golfers took to the course like ducks to water, Michael Hoey needed a course record 64 to hold the lead after 18.

The native of Northern Ireland was 8-under par to take a 1-stroke lead over three competitors. He did not record a single bogey while notching eight birdies, including three straight between No. 4 and 6.

He’ll take that 1-stroke lead to Friday over a trio of unexpected competitors – Spain’s Carlos Pigem, the US’ David Lipsky and Taiwan’s Chien-yao Hung.

Ranked 448th in the world, Pigem came out of nowhere down the stretch with two birdies and an eagle 3 on the 590-yard No. 18 to make up four strokes in three holes.¬† Pigem’s previous high round this year was tied for 42nd last week at the Malaysian Open.

Lipsky, ranked 148th in the world, also had eight birdies, but slapped a bogey on No. 8 to avoid tying for the lead. Ironically, Lipksy’s tied Pigem for 42nd at Malaysia.

Hung finished 52nd in Malaysia at 2-over. This is only the second career Euro Tour event for the 24-year-old.

About the only known name in the top 10 is the oldest guy in the field, Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, checking in with a 5-under 67 to tie for sixth. Jimenez, who recently scored an ace, added an eagle 2 on the par-4, 474-yard No. 9.



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