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Aug 1st, 2015
Hoey Impresses in Aberdeen
Saturday Morning Round Up
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In fantastic form, Michael Hoey booked his place in the quarterfinals of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play on Saturday morning.
Exemplary play from the Northern Irishman saw him make six birdies on the way to the highest winning margin of the week so far, 7&6 against Grégory Havret.
He now faces Kiradech Aphibarnrat in the last eight after the 26 year old beat Thomas Aiken 4&3.
Hoey said of the morning’s round,
"I didn't expect that. But I had six birdies, and it was good golf.“
"The conditions suit me. I am remembering some shots from a long time ago when I won the British Amateur and I am trying to get used to playing little low, controlled shots in the wind."
David Howell is also through after beating Scotland's Chris Doak 2&1, while Sweden's Robert Karlsson eased in the next round with a 4&3 win against his big hitting compatriot, Johan Carlsson.
It’s an all England match up for Howell this afternoon against the in-form Chris Wood after he beat France's Julien Quesne by two holes.
Wood, was comfortably up by four holes with five to play, but squandered his lead losing three holes on the spin before halving the 17th and finally winning the 18th to seal the match.
Home favourite Richie Ramsay gave the local crowds reason to cheer by beating Morten Ørum Madsen by one hole in the closest game of the round.
The match was all square heading into the 18th. Madsen was agonisingly close with his long-range birdie putt, and Ramsay showed his nerve by calmly rolling in a ten footer to set up a quarterfinal clash with Karlsson.
Tyrrell Hatton just might be the one to watch this weekend, and was hugely impressive by beating the American Peter Uihlein 5&4 to book his place in last eight against Scot Marc Warren, who saw off Nicolas Colsaerts.
Kind of windy (!), with a possible chance of rain this afternoon.