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Hoey secures maiden title after playoff

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  • Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey secures his maiden European Tour success
  • Hoey beats Spaniard Gonzalo Fernando-Castano in Portuguese Open playoff
  • The pair tied on seven-under 277 after 72 holes, ahead of Francesco Molinari
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(CNN) -- Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey beat Spaniard Gonzalo Fernando-Castano at the third hole of a play-off to win the Estoril Portuguese Open at Oitavos Dunes, his first European Tour title.

Hoey needed a playoff in Portugal to secure the first European Tour title of his career.

Hoey needed a playoff in Portugal to secure the first European Tour title of his career.

The pair had tied on seven-under-par 277 after 72 holes, with Hoey scoring a joint best-of-the-day 66 and Fernandez-Castano a 67.

Italian Francesco Molinari finished a shot behind in third position, but overnight leader Paul Broadhurst carded a 73 and fell back into a tie for fourth place with Welshman Jamie Donaldson and Swede Mikael Lundberg.

But it was 30-year-old Hoey who took all the accolades, coming from five strokes back before securing victory in the playoff.

The playoff began with two trips down the 18th hole. Both players missed the green first time, but British Masters champion Fernandez-Castano holed from eight feet and Hoey from four.

Next time, the Spaniard almost converted a 35-foot birdie attempt and Hoey, short of the green once more, sank a five-footer to stay alive.

When they switched to the 17th hole they missed the green again. This time, however, Fernandez-Castano missed from 12 feet and Hoey seized his chance.

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