Germany’s Marcel Siem has won the Trophée Hassan II at the Golf du Palais Royal in Agadir, Morocco by three strokes from David Horsey of England and Finland’s Mikko Ilonen.
Siem began the final round four shots clear, but he bogeyed the first and, when Ilonen made three straight birdies from the second, the German was caught at the top of the leaderboard.
But Siem wasn’t to be denied. He and Ilonen traded blows through the remainder of the front nine before Siem pulled clear with a birdie at the 11th and Ilonen bogeyed the 12th.
The Finnish star wasn’t able to get back on level terms and Siem cruised to a third European Tour title. Depending on the results from the PGA Tour’s Shell Houston Open, he may have done enough to earn a start in the Masters.
“That would be unbelievable,” said Siem about a potential trip to Augusta. “It’s been my dream since I was a kid so if that comes true it will be unbelievable. It would be wonderful to play the Masters. I just want to be on that ground. I’m not going to cry but it would be very emotional.”
Ilonen slipped back in the middle of the second nine but he closed with two birdies to climb into a tie for second with former champion David Horsey.
Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal couldn’t find the spark on the final day and he closed with a 71 to take fourth place on his own.
Trophée Hassan II
Golf du Palais Royal, Agadir, Morocco
Mar 28-31, purse €1,500,000 par 72
1 Marcel Siem (Ger) 64 68 69 70 271 €250,000
T2 David Horsey (Eng) 68 67 70 69 274 €130,280
T2 Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 69 66 70 69 274 €130,280
4 Pablo Larrazabal (Esp) 72 64 69 71 276 €75,000
T5 Matthew Baldwin (Eng) 72 70 68 69 279 €53,700
T5 Alvaro Velasco (Esp) 67 74 69 69 279 €53,700
T5 Bern Wiesberger (Aut) 72 66 69 72 279 €53,700
8 David Howell (Eng) 71 70 72 68 281 €37,500
T9 Craig Lee (Sco) 69 69 70 74 282 €31,800
T9 Julien Quesne (Fra) 71 72 71 68 282 €31,800
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage
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