Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey fired a superb closing round of 65 to win the Trophée Hassan II at the Golf du Palais Royal in Morocco by three shots from Damien McGrane of Ireland.

Hoey began the third round on just three-under-par and was nowhere near threatening the top of the leaderboard. But he posted an excellent third round 65 that put him into contention. He then followed up with a repeat of that score on Sunday.

Hoey started the last round two shots behind McGrane and Italy’s Matteo Manassero. The young Italian needed a victory in this event to have a chance of making it to the US Masters.

But it was Hoey who raced out of the blocks with five birdies in the first eight holes. By the time he reached the turn in just 31 strokes, he was leading.

Manassero crumbled with a front nine of 38 while McGrane, although steady, was unable to match the fireworks of Hoey. The Northern Irishman suffered a slight blip with a bogey at the 10th hole but birdies at the 14th, 15th and 17th sealed the deal.

When McGrane bogeyed the 17th hole, Hoey was left with a three shot cushion going up the 72nd hole. He calmly made a regulation par and the title was his.

McGrane finished alone in second place while Jamie Donaldson, who posted a course record of 61 in the final round, tied for third with fellow Welshman Philip Price and Robert Coles of England.

Matteo Manassero eventually finished on 12-under-par in a tie for sixth place.

Trophée Hassan II
Golf du Palais Royal, Agadir, Morocco
Mar 22-25, purse €1,500,000 par 72

1   Michael Hoey (NIR)   74   67   65   65   271   €250,000
2   Damien McGrane (Ire)   65   68   71   70   274   €166,660
T3   Jamie Donaldson (Wal)   72   68   74   61   275   €77,500
T3   Robert Coles (Eng)   73   70   65   67   275   €77,500
T3   Philip Price (Wal)      68   66   72   69   275   €77,500
T6   Edoardo Molinari (Ita)   68   70   71   67   276   €45,000
T6   Keith Horne (RSA)   69   70   70   67   276   €45,000
T6   Matteo Manassero (Ita)   69   70   65   72   276   €45,000
T9   Hennie Otto (RSA)   69   69   70   69   277   €28,230
T9   Ignacio Garrido (Esp)   69   71   69   68   277   €28,230
T9   Pablo Larrazabal (Esp)   74   68   67   68   277   €28,230
T9   James Kingston (RSA)   70   67   70   70   277   €28,230
T9   Jose Manuel Lara (Esp)   70   65   70   72   277   €28,230

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

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