1st Place - $346,543; 2nd Place - $230,998; 3rd Place - $130,149
Past Trophee Hassan II Winners
Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up
Marcel Siem (271) -- Mikko Ilonen, David Horsey
Michael Hoey (271) -- Damien McGrane
*David Horsey (274) -- Jaco Van Zyl, Rhys Davies
Rhys Davies (266) -- Louis Oosthuizen
Ernie Els (275) -- Simon Dyson
Top Contenders in the Field
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - George Coetzee
Darkhorse - Michael Hoey
Last Week's Pick to Win (Luke Donald) - Finished tied for 25th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Rickie Fowler) - Finished tied for 44th
The European Tour travels to Morocco this week for the Trophee Hassan II. The
highest-ranked players in the field are George Coetzee (56), Pablo Larrazabal
(60) and Mikko Ilonen (62). This event is being played at Golf du Palais
Royal, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1987.
Coetzee has made six straight cuts with four top-10 finishes, including a
victory at the Joburg Open in February. Coetzee tied for 16th last week at the
This is the 37th staging of this tournament, but fifth 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, Marcel 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 Malaysia in two weeks for the inaugural EurAsia
Cup, where Team Europe will face Team Asia. Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thongchai
Jaidee will captain the teams.
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