MOSCOW (AP) — Michael Hoey won the Russian Open by four strokes Sunday to clinch his fifth European Tour title.
The Northern Irishman, who held a five-shot lead overnight after a third-round 65, shot a 2-under 70 with three birdies. He finished with an overall 16-under 272. Alexandre Kaleka (68) of France and Matthew Nixon (69) of England tied for second.
Hoey hadn't finished better than 25th this season on the European Tour and credited his putting as key to winning. He says, "the standard is so high these days that it usually comes down to who makes the most putts."