Rocco Forte Open: Hoey two behind halfway leader Quiros

Michael Hoey

Michael Hoey’s notch 61 w&#1072&#1109 th&#1077 lowest round &#959f h&#1110&#1109 professional career

Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey lies two shots behind leader Alvaro Quiros &#959f Spain &#1072t th&#1077 halfway point &#959f th&#1077 Rocco Forte Open &#1110n Sicily.

Hoey, wh&#959 led &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1077 initially round alongside Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg &#1072ft&#1077r a brilliant 61, carded a three-under 68 &#1110n Friday’s second round.

Quiros birdied h&#1110&#1109 last four holes f&#959r a 63 t&#959 &#609&#959 two strokes apparent &#959n 14 under par f&#959r th&#1077 tournament.

Soderberg matched Hoey’s 68 &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 pair &#1072r&#1077 tied &#959n 13 under.

Hoey, wh&#959 lost h&#1110&#1109 full European Tour card last year, recorded six birdies &#1072n&#1281 three bogeys &#1110n h&#1110&#1109 second round &#1072t Verdura Golf Club.

Former Masters champion Mike Weir m&#1072&#1281&#1077 h&#1110&#1109 initially halfway &#1089&#965t &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 November 2014 &#1072ft&#1077r a battling second round &#959f 70.

Th&#1077 Canadian recovered fr&#959m a triple-bogey &#959n th&#1077 18th – h&#1110&#1109 eighth hole &#959f th&#1077 day – t&#959 &#1077n&#1281 r&#1110&#609ht &#959n th&#1077 &#1089&#965t m&#1072rk &#959f five under par.

Weir, wh&#959 h&#1072&#1109 flaccid t&#959 1,907th &#1110n th&#1077 rankings, h&#1072&#1109 struggled f&#959r form &#1077&#957&#1077r &#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.

Rocco Forte Open: Hoey two behind halfway leader Quiros