- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 2, 2011

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND — Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey held off countryman Rory McIlroy to win the Dunhill Links Championship by two shots at St. Andrews on Sunday.

Hoey, ranked No. 271, lost his three-shot overnight lead early in his final round but rebounded to shoot 4-under 68. His 22-under total broke the tournament record by one shot.

Hoey’s third career title was worth $800,000 and continued Northern Ireland’s recent resurgence in world golf.

McIlroy, who began the day five shots back of Hoey, made the turn in 30 and shot a 65. Another Northern Irishman, Graeme McDowell, had a 69 and tied for third.