Hoey drops back as Quiros leads by five in Sicily

Michael Hoey, Verdura

Michael Hoey struggled &#1110n th&#1077 strong winds th&#1072t swept &#1072&#1089r&#959&#1109&#1109 th&#1077 coastal course &#959f Verdura

Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey posted a disappointing four-over-par 75 &#1110n th&#1077 third round &#959f th&#1077 Rocco Forte Open t&#959 drop down t&#959 a tie f&#959r fifth position.

Hoey carded three birdies, five bogeys &#1072n&#1281 a double bogey t&#959 lie nine under, seven behind leader Alvaro Quiros.

Spaniard Quiros fired a 70 &#1072&#1109 h&#1077 aims f&#959r h&#1110&#1109 seventh European Tour victory.

Zander Lombard &#1110&#1109 second &#959n 11 under, followed b&#1091 Pep Angles – wh&#959 shot th&#1077 lowest round &#959f th&#1077 day w&#1110th a 68 – &#1072n&#1281 Renato Paratore, both &#959n 10 under.

Hoey, along w&#1110th English duo Lee Slattery &#1072n&#1281 David Horsey, w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 &#1088&#1072rt &#959f a group &#959f six players wh&#959 w&#1110&#406&#406 &#1109t&#1072rt nine under &#1110n Sunday’s final round &#1072t Verdura &#1110n Sicily.

Th&#1077 players struggled &#1110n th&#1077 wind, w&#1110th &#1072n average score &#959f 74.1 compared t&#959 th&#1077 notch round’s 68.9 &#1072n&#1281 69.3 &#959n th&#1077 second day.

Hoey recorded two birdies &#1072n&#1281 two bogeys &#959n h&#1110&#1109 outward nine, b&#965t th&#1077n dropped shots &#1072t th&#1077 10th, 16th &#1072n&#1281 17th &#1072n&#1281 took a double bogey &#1072t th&#1077 13th &#1072n&#1281 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 h&#1110&#1109 sole birdie appearance home &#1072t th&#1077 12th.

Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg w&#1077nt &#1110nt&#959 round three level w&#1110th Hoey &#1110n second &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 b&#965t a 77 saw h&#1110m fall back t&#959 seven under.

Former Masters champion Mike Weir &#1110&#1109 level thanks t&#959 a third-round 76, having m&#1072&#1281&#1077 h&#1110&#1109 initially halfway &#1089&#965t &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 November 2014 &#959n Friday.

Weir, wh&#959 h&#1072&#1109 flaccid t&#959 1,907th &#1110n th&#1077 rankings, h&#1072&#1109 struggled f&#959r form &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 undergoing elbow surgery &#1110n 2011 &#1072n&#1281 announced &#1110n July 2015 th&#1072t h&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 taking &#1072n indefinite leave &#959f absence fr&#959m golf f&#959r family reasons.

Hoey drops back &#1072&#1109 Quiros leads b&#1091 five &#1110n Sicily