Horsey survives playoff in Morocco|
Agadir, Morocco (Sports Network) - David Horsey birdied the second playoff
hole Sunday to defeat Jaco Van Zyl and last year's winner Rhys Davies and
capture the Trophee Hassan II.
Horsey knocked his approach inside two feet at the 18th hole at the Golf du
Palais Royal. Van Zyl got up and down from a bunker to save par and Davies
narrowly missed his birdie chance to apply pressure to Horsey.
The young Englishman didn't disappoint. Horsey tapped in the birdie putt to
secure his second victory on the European Tour after he won last year's BMW
"I'm more relieved than anything at the moment," admitted Horsey. "It's great
to get my second win under my belt."
Horsey, who aced the second hole Sunday en route to the lead, and Davies both
shot three-under 69s in Sunday's final round, while Van Zyl had a 68. The trio
tied at 13-under 274 in regulation and headed to the 18th, where a weird scene
played out minutes earlier.
The need for a playoff came about after some sketchy play from Horsey and
Davies. Horsey held a one-shot lead over Davies and was two clear over Van Zyl
Horsey's second landed short and right, while Davies came up 30 feet short and
Van Zyl was 15 feet left of the stick. Horsey chunked his chip, then knocked
his fourth five feet by the hole.
Davies ran his birdie try four feet past the cup and Van Zyl casually lagged
his putt close and tapped in for par.
If Horsey could make his bogey try, then Davies would need to hole his par
putt to force a two-man playoff. Horsey missed his bogey effort and suddenly,
Davies' par putt was for the victory.
Davies' putt also stayed above ground and Van Zyl got into the playoff thanks
to the mishaps of the leaders.
"Didn't quite finish it off," said Horsey.
It was back to 18 and Davies had the best chance to win on the first extra
hole. He had 15 feet for birdie, but missed. Van Zyl two-putted from 40 feet
and Horsey got up and down for par from five feet after a great bunker shot.
Then it was Horsey's heroics on the second playoff hole that allowed him to
gallop to the winner's circle.
Horsey flew out of the gate with a seven-foot birdie putt at the first, but
his ace at the second shot him into first place. His tee ball landed, took a
big bounce then fell in for a hole-in-one.
Horsey played solidly the rest of the way, but Davies caught him thanks to
four birdies in a row from the 10th.
The pair was tied until the par-five 17th. Horsey hit his second 15 feet left
of the hole, while Davies came up a little short of the green in two. Davies
could do no better than par, but Horsey two-putted for the birdie.
Despite the rough play at 18, Horsey was able to hang on for the victory.
George Coetzee shot a three-under 69 and claimed fourth at 11-under 276.
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (67) and Oscar Floren (68) tied for fifth place at
minus-10, while Richie Ramsay (68) and Mikko Ilonen (71) shared seventh at
NOTES: This was the second playoff this season on the European Tour. British
Open champion Louis Oosthuizen defeated Manuel Quiros and Chris Wood for the
Africa Open title...Davies could've been the first player to win back-to-back
titles at this event since Santiago Luna in 2002-03...Thomas Bjorn established
a new course record with a 10-under 62. He tied for 15th at minus-six...Next
week is the Masters, which was won by Phil Mickelson last year.
04/03 14:29:20 ET