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DATES: Thursday, March 26th through Sunday, March 29th
SITE: Golf du Palais Royal, Agadir, Morocco
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones Sr (1987)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,041
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 531 yds10 - Par 5 491 yds
2 - Par 3 208 yds11 - Par 4 368 yds
3 - Par 4 434 yds12 - Par 3 211 yds
4 - Par 4 467 yds13 - Par 4 421 yds
5 - Par 5 580 yds14 - Par 3 171 yds
6 - Par 4 406 yds15 - Par 5 544 yds
7 - Par 4 369 yds16 - Par 3 210 yds
8 - Par 3 200 yds17 - Par 5 524 yds
9 - Par 4 421 yds18 - Par 4 485 yds
36 3,616 Yds36 3,425 Yds
Annual:  38th (6th on European Tour)
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday -- 7-9 a.m. (et), 10:30-1:30 p.m. (et),
  - Friday -- 7-9 a.m. (et), 10:30-12 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Alejandro Canizares
Runner-Up:  Andy Sullivan
Tournament Record:  266 (Rhys Davies, 2010)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Louis Oosthuizen, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Alejandro Canizares, 2014)
Course Record:  61 (Jamie Donaldson, 2012)
Total Purse:  $1,638,010 (1,500,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $265,310; 2nd Place - $176,866; 3rd Place - $99,650
2014 Finish
Alejandro Canizares269Wade Ormsby277
Andy Sullivan274Rafael Cabrera-Bello277
Magnus A. Carlsson276Paul Waring278
Seve Benson276David Horsey278
Richard Bland277Tom Lewis278
Past Trophee Hassan II Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2014Alejandro Canizares (269) -- Andy Sullivan
2013Marcel Siem (271) -- Mikko Ilonen, David Horsey
2012Michael Hoey (271) -- Damien McGrane
2011*David Horsey (274) -- Jaco Van Zyl, Rhys Davies
2010Rhys Davies (266) -- Louis Oosthuizen
2009Not Held
2008Ernie Els (275) -- Simon Dyson
2007Padraig Harrington
2006Sam Torrance
2005Erik Compton
2004Not Held
2003Santiago Luna
2002Santiago Luna
2001Joakim Haeggman
2000Roger Chapman
1999David Toms
1998Santiago Luna
1997Colin Montgomerie
1996Ignacio Garrido
1995Nick Price
1994Martin Gates
1993Payne Stewart
1992Payne Stewart
1991Vijay Singh
1990Not Held
1989Not Held
1988Not Held
1987Not Held
1986Not Held
1985Ken Green
1984Roger Maltbie
1983Ron Streck
1982Frank Conner
1981Bob Eastwood
1980Ed Sneed
1979Mike Brannan
1978Peter Townsend
1977Lee Trevino
1976Salvador Balbuena
1975Billy Casper
1974Larry Ziegler
1973Billy Casper
1972Ron Cerrudo
1971Orville Moody

Top Contenders in the Field
A. CanizaresT-43T-51T-58T-32Won
Andy Sullivan------T-17mc2nd
R. Cabrera-BellomcT-44---mcT-5
David HorseyT-29WonT-14T-2T-8
George Coetzee---4th------T-11
Tommy Fleetwood------T-37mcT-23
Rhys DaviesWonT-2T-58mcT-25
Michael HoeymcT-19WonT-32T-30
Alexander Levy---------T-35T-37
Ross Fisher------------T-37
Marcel SiemmcmcT-52WonT-48
Raphael JacquelinT-56T-29T-58mc70th
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Marcel Siem
Darkhorse - Mikael Lundberg
Last Week's Pick to Win (Johan Edfors) - Tournament postponed
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ricardo Santos) - Tournament postponed
The European Tour travels to Morocco this week for the Trophee Hassan II. The highest-ranked players in the field are Alexander Levy (54), Andy Sullivan (61), Tommy Fleetwood (66), Marcel Siem (68) and George Coetzee (69). This event is being played at Golf du Palais Royal, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened for play in 1987.

Levy returns to the European Tour this week after playing his last three events in the United States. He finished tied for 65th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, tied for 38th at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and missed the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Sullivan has already won twice this season on the European Tour, with both victories coming in South Africa at the South African Open Championship and Joburg Open. He is currently ninth on the European Tour Race to Dubai.

This is the 38th staging of this tournament, but sixth as part of the European Tour. It was first played in 1971 and is the longest-running sporting event in Morocco. Previous winners are major champions Orville Moody, Billy Casper, Lee Trevino, Vijay Singh, Payne Stewart, Nick Price, David Toms, Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington.

Last year, Alejandro Canizares stumbled to a double-bogey on his final hole, but it did nothing more than trim his winning margin to five strokes over Sullivan. Canizares led wire-to-wire after opening with a 62 and finished at 19-under-par 269. The victory was his second on the European Tour but first since the 2006 Russian Open.

In 2013, Siem carded rounds of 64-68-69-70 to win in wire-to-wire fashion. Siem finished his third European Tour title at 17-under-par 271.

In 2011, David Horsey aced the second hole in the final round en route to victory, becoming only the fourth player in European Tour history to make a hole-in-one in the final round and go on to win. The other players were Thongchai Jaidee (2004 Malaysian Open), Miguel Angel Jimenez (2008 BMW PGA Championship) and Alvaro Quiros (2011 Omega Dubai Desert Classic).

Rhys Davies fired a 7-under 66 in the final round in 2010 to come from behind and win by two strokes over 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen. Davies, who was the only player in the field to shoot four rounds in the 60s, completed his first European Tour victory at 25-under-par 266. Davies' 25- under score was the lowest winning 72-hole total in relation to par on the European Tour in 2010.

The European Tour moves to the United States in two weeks for the first major championship of the year, The Masters, where American Bubba Watson will defend his title at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

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