Jay Townsend is in Madrid, Spain for this week’s Bankia Madrid Masters. Michael Hoey defeated fellow Northern Irishmen Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Hoey led by 3 entering the final round and managed to hold off a charging Rory McIlroy who was 7 under through 11 holes. Hoey has shown himself to be an impressive player who deserved this win. McIlroy missed a birdie putt on 12 in the final round and it seemed to Jay that Rory began to question his putting following that miss and the resulting uncertainty on the greens led to pars all the way in which no one thought he would do. It is amazing considering how small the country of Northern Ireland is to have the top 3 finishers at St. Andrews to go with Major Champions in 3 of the last 7 Majors. You can only expect more from Northern Irish players after these strong performances. Graeme McDowell, who finished runner-up last week, has struggled in 2011 for the most part but Jay feels encouraged after seeing McDowell’s performance and thinks that the good play will continue and that he will win before 2011 is over. Lee Westwood went all orange on Sunday and Jay wished that he had erased that image from his mind it was so awful. Jay speculated that Lee had to have lost a bet to wear something like that in the final round at St. Andrews. Lee tweeted that he will never wear that outfit again which is a relief. There are a number of contenders for Golfer of the Year on the European Tour and sentimentally he thinks that Thomas Bjorn is the pick but he thinks the favorite is Luke Donald although he will have to continue to play well for two more months if he is going to secure that honor.