Darren Clarke and Michael Hoey set for Russia adventure

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke looks set to add another first to his illustrious playing career by travelling to Russia later this year.

Darren Clarke and Michael Hoey set for Russia adventure

Clarke is considering teeing-up in the M2M Russian Open being played on the Skolkovo course on the outskirts of Moscow in September.

The European captain will join fellow Ulster man, and former tournament winner, Michael Hoey in what will be the commencement of the year-long 2016 Ryder Cup qualifying process.

The pair were both competing in Munich where Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal came from five shots back to post a score of 66 and defeat Henrik Stenson by a shot with a 17-under par tally to claim a second BMW trophy in four years.

Hoey went into a share of the lead with a fourth birdie in five holes from the fifth but it proved to be the highlight of his challenge as he bogeyed the 13th and 14th holes in a score of 70 to share seventh place

“I did well to be leading considering I didn’t feel like I was playing great but it just caught up with me at 13 and 14,” he said.

“To play the back nine in two over par was disappointing but then I have to be pleased as it’s my best finish all season.”

Clarke spent the later part of the afternoon relaxing on the veranda of the Munich Golf Club clubhouse after his round of 69 for a nine-under par tally and a tie for 20th.

“It was nice to grab a few birdies there at the end of my round but overall I didn’t play that well this week,” said Clarke.

“Fortunately, I was on the practice putting green the other day and Pablo Larrazabal and his caddy Chris Rice spotted something they thought I was doing wrong in my putting, so that was a great little tip.

“After that I managed to roll the ball pretty well and it is the best I have putted in a long time. I’ve decided also to stay out here in Europe rather than go home so I’ve got three days work ahead of this week’s French Open.”

Damien McGrane signed off with a 72 for a six-under par tally and two fewer than good friend Peter Lawrie (70).

Kevin Phelan, who was in contention through two rounds, slumped with closing rounds of 76 and 75 for a two over par total.

Shane Lowry is taking a well deserved week’s break after a closing 73 to share 29th place at seven under par.

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