PGA European - Trophee Hassan II Preview
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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)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 5 531 yds||10 - Par 5 491 yds|
|2 - Par 3 208 yds||11 - Par 4 368 yds|
|3 - Par 4 434 yds||12 - Par 3 211 yds|
|4 - Par 4 467 yds||13 - Par 4 421 yds|
|5 - Par 5 580 yds||14 - Par 3 171 yds|
|6 - Par 4 406 yds||15 - Par 5 544 yds|
|7 - Par 4 369 yds||16 - Par 3 210 yds|
|8 - Par 3 200 yds||17 - Par 5 524 yds|
|9 - Par 4 421 yds||18 - Par 4 485 yds|
|36 3,616 Yds||36 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|
|Alejandro Canizares||269||Wade Ormsby||277|
|Andy Sullivan||274||Rafael Cabrera-Bello||277|
|Magnus A. Carlsson||276||Paul Waring||278|
|Seve Benson||276||David Horsey||278|
|Richard Bland||277||Tom Lewis||278|
|Past Trophee Hassan II Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2014||Alejandro Canizares (269) -- Andy Sullivan|
|2013||Marcel Siem (271) -- Mikko Ilonen, David Horsey|
|2012||Michael Hoey (271) -- Damien McGrane|
|2011||*David Horsey (274) -- Jaco Van Zyl, Rhys Davies|
|2010||Rhys Davies (266) -- Louis Oosthuizen|
|2008||Ernie Els (275) -- Simon Dyson|
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|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
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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