The European Tour Heads to Morocco this week for the Trophée Hassan II at Golf du Palais Royal and Golf de L’Océan.
Rhys Davies comes in as the defending champion, having won last year with a score of 25 under, the lowest score recorded on the European tour. He will be trying to become the first player since Santiago Luna in 2003 to be a repeat champion of the event, but with his current form that doesn’t seem likely to happen, but he may well be a good outside bet. Odds 45/1.
Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin is the early favourite with 14/1 odds. The 36 year old was the winner of the 2011 Sicilian Open two weeks ago and finished tied for fourth at last weeks Open de Andalucía. Given his recent form and the fact that he has ended his tour victories drought Jacquelin seems poised to get his second victory in three weeks.
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Dutch youngster Joost Luiten poses a threat to the title contenders. The 25-year old has finished in the top 20 in two of his last three tournaments and appears to be ready to challenge for his first tour title in 4 years. Odds of 20/1 may be a little high, but a top five finish is a definite possibility.
Danny Willett, a 23-year old English player from Sheffield, is a dark horse candidate to do well. He had success in 2010, challenging at the BMW PGA Championship before falling off the pace. Recent results have been poor, missing the cut in both the Open de Andalucía and Sicilian Open, but look for Willett to bounce back at the Trophée Hassan II. Odds 45/1.
This week’s picks
Raphael Jacquelin 3pts each way at 14/1
Rhys Davies 2 pts each way at 50/1
Joost Luiten 2pts each way at 20/1
Danny Willett 2 pts each way at 50/1