VIDEO: Michael Hoey relaxed after four-under par first round keeps him in the mix at Irish Open

Michael Hoey was in upbeat form following a four-under par opening round at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart on Thursday.

The Galgorm Castle golfer had three birdies and an eagle, but dropped one shot on the ninth hole.

Michael Hoey

Michael Hoey

Having missed the cut in the previous two Irish Opens, Hoey is in good place to ensure a weekend pass on the North Coast.