PGA European - Trophee Hassan II Preview
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|DATES: Thursday, March 28th through Sunday, March 31st|
|SITE: Golf du Palais Royal, Agadir, Morocco|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones Sr (1987)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 5 530 yds||10 - Par 5 491 yds|
|2 - Par 3 208 yds||11 - Par 4 367 yds|
|3 - Par 4 433 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 5 519 yds|
|7 - Par 4 368 yds||16 - Par 3 210 yds|
|8 - Par 3 200 yds||17 - Par 5 511 yds|
|9 - Par 4 409 yds||18 - Par 4 484 yds|
|36 3,601 Yds||36 3,385 Yds|
|Annual: || 36th (4th on European Tour)|
|Television: || Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (et),|
| || - Saturday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (ET)|
|Defending Champion: || Michael Hoey|
|Runner-Up: || Damien McGrane|
|Tournament Record: || 266 (Rhys Davies, 2010)|
|54-Hole Record: || 198 (Louis Oosthuizen, 2010)|
|36-Hole Record: || 132 (Rhys Davies, 2010)|
|Course Record: || 61 (Jamie Donaldson, 2012)|
|Total Purse: || $1,928,283 (1,500,000 euros)|
|Shares: || 1st Place - $322,175; 2nd Place - $214,774; 3rd Place - $121,008|
|Michael Hoey||271||Keith Horne||276|
|Damien McGrane||274||Edoardo Molinari||276|
|Phillip Price||275||Matteo Manassero||276|
|Robert Coles||275||Five players at||277|
|Past Trophee Hassan II Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|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 - David Howell|
|Darkhorse - Tommy Fleetwood|
|Last Week's Pick to Win (Charl Schwartzel) - Finished tied for 4th|
|Last Week's Darkhorse (Wen n-chong Liang) - Finished tied for 22nd|
The European Tour travels to Morocco this week for the Trophee Hassan II. The
highest-ranked players in the field are Francesco Molinari (39), Stephen
Gallacher (64) and Rafael Cabrera-Bello (65). This is the final European Tour
event prior to the season's first major in the United States, The Masters.
This event is being played at Golf du Palais Royal, which was designed by
Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1987.
Former European Ryder Cup player David Howell has played well this year.
Howell, a former top-10 player in the world, has made the cut in all eight
events he has played this season and has made 14 straight cuts dating back to
last year. Howell, who has not won since the 2006 BMW Championship, has three
top-10 finishes this season, including a tie for sixth last week at the
Maybank Malaysian Open.
This is the 36th staging of this tournament, but fourth 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,
Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els.
Last year, Michael Hoey fired two weekend rounds of 7-under 65s to come from
behind and win. Hoey finished at 17-under-par 271 and won by three strokes
over Damien McGrane.
In 2011, David Horsey birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Jaco Van Zyl
and 2010 champion Rhys Davies. It was the Englishman's second win on the
European Tour, having previously won the 2010 BMW International Open.
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).
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 at Augusta National Golf Club in
Georgia, where American Bubba Watson will defend his first major title.
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As of March 26, 2013, at 04:14 PM ET