Euro Tour. M2M Russian Open. Michael Hoey Has It In His Hands. July 27 2013

Michael Hoey has the Euro Tour M2M Russian Open in his hands at the conclusion of the third round, ending the day five shots clear of his nearest rival. Michael Hoey  (Getty Images) Michael Hoey / Getty Images Michael shot an amazing third round of -7 under par 65, giving him a tournament total of -14 under par. I know funny things can, and do happen in golf, especially in the last round, but it would be difficult to lose the title from this position, wouldn't it ? So far this season the Northern Irishman, a four-time winner on the Euro circuit, has not finished better than 25th place,  his last win was at last years Trophée Hassan II, Lets hope that Michael can hold it altogether tomorrow at the Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club. He said that it was just one of those days when everything went right, especially the putting; " It was one of those days where everything went my way for the most part. I played really well and was swinging the club well, but I got a few breaks here and there that really helped the score, I holed a 70 foot putt on the ninth for example, that was probably the biggest break I had out there. You just don’t really expect to hole those ones so that was a bit of a bonus. I started with a great birdie on the first to really set the tone. I hit a great eight iron in there to about five feet and then I had that great run around the turn. I holed out from off the green on the seventh and then the eagle on eight was nice. I hit driver then three iron to eight feet there. It was just going my way as I said. I made the monster putt on nine and then stiffed it on ten for another birdie. The only blip of the day was on 11 but I did have a lot go my way too. I am making a lot of putts this week and that is always the difference at this level. It’s all about putting. Obviously I have a good lead but you just can’t take it for granted. Things went my way today but it might be someone else’s day tomorrow. I am just going to go out there and try to enjoy it. I have been in positions to win before and finished it off and that will help a bit, but you still need to hit the shots and hole the putts.” Tied in second place are Rikard Karlberg and Mathew Nixon, both have a tournament total of -9 under par, and probably a forlorn hope that Michael will have a bad day and one of then will have an exceptional day, otherwise it is all over bar the shouting.