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Dunhill Links champion Michael Hoey inspired by Europe's Ryder Cup heroics

Last Updated: 05/10/12 9:30am

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Michael Hoey: Out to defend his Dunhill Links title

Michael Hoey: Out to defend his Dunhill Links title

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Michael Hoey has admitted he had a sleepless build up to the defence of his Dunhill Links title at Carnoustie.

Hoey, who edged out Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell for the 2011 crown, was glued to his television all last weekend as Europe's Ryder Cup heroes completed a memorable comeback in Chicago.

"I couldn't sleep because the adrenaline was going at 1.30 in the morning," said the Northern Irishman.

"It was unbelievable. I actually thought we could do it when I saw Luke Donald, Poulter, Rose and Rory out early.

"I thought they were better players than the American guys' top order and I thought if they get blue on the board they could actually turn it around.

"But obviously (Phil) Mickelson hit a chip shot that was in all the way and just spun out at the end and Rose holed the putt. It was just fractions - if that didn't happen they wouldn't have done it.

"It was amazing and good for European golf. I remember two years ago I was hitting balls alongside Monty (Colin Montgomerie) and he had just won the Ryder Cup in Wales.

"He was saying how key that was for the Tour to try to get sponsors. Hopefully this again will really help, but winning five of the last six shows the European Tour players are probably better."

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