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Trophée Hassan II 2018

DATES: April 19-22
SITE: Dar Es-Salam Royal Golf, Rabat, Morocco
PRIZE MONEY: €2,500,000

Round 4 - Alexander Levy boosts Ryder Cup chances with Trophée Hassan II win

April 22, 2018

France's Alexander Levy claimed his fifth European Tour title with a nerveless one-shot victory in the Trophee Hassan II on Sunday and boosted his outside hopes of making the Ryder Cup team in the process.

The 27-year-old started the final day at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam one shot off the lead but hit the front on the third hole before signing for a 70 and finishing the week at eight under for a 280 total.

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Spain's Alvaro Quiros was second after a birdie-birdie finish helped him pass Swedish pair Alexander Bjork and Joakim Lagergren, Mikko Ilonen of Finland and Italian Andrea Pavan who were all two shots off Levy's total.

"I'm a little bit tired now because it was really tough today but I did a really good job. For me, I played an amazing game. I'm so happy to win this trophy," Levy told europeantour.com

Sunday's win adds to his titles at the 2014 and 2017 China Open, Portugal Masters in 2014 and the 2016 European Open. It should also elevate him into the world top 50.

Levy, with three top-10s in his other five events this season, remains hopeful of forcing his way into Thomas Bjorn's European team for the Ryder Cup being played on French soil at Le Golf National near Paris in September.

"Like I said from the start of the season, I need to improve my game," he said of his Ryder Cup chances.

"I need to work a lot. I worked a lot the last two days, two weeks, and I won this trophy.

"So that's helped me but step by step, it's a good win but I need to go back to work because we can see we have a lot of good players in Europe. So it will be tough to make it."

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Alexander Levy
FRA
-8
72
69
69
70
280
2
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-7
67
70
72
72
281
T3
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-6
74
69
69
70
282
T3
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-6
75
71
70
66
282
T3
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-6
68
73
71
70
282
T3
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-6
72
72
66
72
282

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Round 3 - Alvaro Quiros holds on to lead

April 21, 2018

A birdie on the last hole gave Alvaro Quiros a one-shot lead to take into the final round of the Trophee Hassan II.

Quiros' birdie four on No. 18 allowed the Spanish golfer to sign for a level-par 72 on Saturday to stay at 7-under par overall and clear of four players queued up in second place.

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South African pair Erik van Rooyen and Christiaan Bezuidenhout, France's Alexander Levy, and Finland's Mikko Ilonen were just a shot behind on 6 under heading into the last day at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat.

Quiros is a seven-time winner on the European Tour but went six years without a victory until last year and his triumph at the Rocco Forte Open in Italy.

He's seeking a wire-to-wire victory in Morocco after sharing the first-round lead with Bradley Dredge before taking it outright on day two.

Quiros had an on-off day in the third round - he said it was ''suddenly great shot, suddenly not so good'' - and carded four birdies and four bogeys to come out level and still hold onto his lead.

Van Rooyen shot 71, Bezuidenhout 68, Levy a 69, and Ilonen the best round of the week so far with his 6-under 66.

Ilonen had seven birdies and just a single bogey - on his first hole - to leap 23 places up the leaderboard and into contention for a first tour title since 2014 when he won the World Match Play Championship.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-7
67
70
72
209
T2
Alexander Levy
FRA
-6
72
69
69
210
T2
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-6
73
69
68
210
T2
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-6
68
71
71
210
T2
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-6
72
72
66
210
T6
Austin Connelly
CAN
-5
69
71
71
211
T6
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-5
73
71
67
211
T8
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-4
74
69
69
212
T8
Andrew Dodt
AUS
-4
70
68
74
212
T8
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-4
68
73
71
212
T8
Joost Luiten
NED
-4
72
70
70
212

Round 2 - Alvaro Quiros fights his way to solo lead in Morocco

April 20, 2018

Alvaro Quiros shot a solid 2-under 70 in windy conditions to push into a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Friday.

Quiros fought the elements, carding seven birdies and five bogeys to move to 7 under overall and take the outright lead at the halfway point of the European Tour event.

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The Spaniard was one clear of Andrew Dodt, who moved into contention with a 4-under 68 at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course. Dodt dropped two shots in his first six holes but the Australian recovered from that shaky start to collect four birdies and an eagle.

Erik van Rooyen of South Africa was another shot back in third on 5 under after his 71.

Bradley Dredge of Wales, who shared the first-round lead with Quiros, slipped off the pace with a 1-over 73. He's tied for fourth with Austin Connelly of Canada (71), 4 under par and three shots behind Quiros.

 

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-7
67
70
137
2
Andrew Dodt
AUS
-6
70
68
138
3
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-5
68
71
139
T4
Austin Connelly
CAN
-4
69
71
140
T4
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-4
67
73
140
T6
Alexander Levy
FRA
-3
72
69
141
T6
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-3
71
70
141
T6
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-3
68
73
141
T6
Paul Waring
ENG
-3
72
69
141
T10
Aaron Rai
ENG
-2
71
71
142
T10
Ashun Wu
CHI
-2
69
73
142
T10
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-2
70
72
142
T10
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-2
73
69
142
T10
Joost Luiten
NED
-2
72
70
142
T10
Marcel Siem
GER
-2
71
71
142

Round 1 - Bradley Dredge & Alvaro Quiros leading Trophée Hassan II

April 19, 2018

Welshman Bradley Dredge and Spain’s Alvaro Quiros share the first round lead at Trophée Hassan II after carding five under par first rounds of 67 at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

Dredge began the day with birdies on the first and second holes before a bogey on the fourth hole. The two-time European Tour winner recovered immediately with his third birdie of the day, and carded two more before making the turn four under par.

Bradley Dredge & Alvaro Quiros leading Trophée Hassan II, © Getty Images

"I'm very pleased to be leading after the first round. I played nicely all day; so I'm delighted. I was most pleased with my driving I think. I've been lacking a bit of consistency and today I drove it on play every hole and hit a lot of fairways. From there, I gave myself a lot of chances.

"I haven't played a great deal this year, but I feel as though my game is progressing quite well at the moment. I'm pleased with the way it's trending.

"This place is a very strong course from tee to green, and the greens are difficult. It's a matter of keeping the ball in play and going from shot to shot."

The 44 year old then birdied the 11th and 12th holes, but bogeyed the 16th to settle for a score of 67.

Quiros started his round with four birdies in his first ten holes. He then dropped a shot on the par three 14th hole, but finished his round with consecutive birdies to join Dredge in a share of first place.

"I have to recognise that it was a great round of golf. My score is good, but I would say that the level of play I displayed today from tee to green was unbelievable. I know that five under is a good score, but it looks like it's a little bit short for the game that I have displayed today.

"I don't want to sound cocky but, to be honest, on the first ten holes I missed just one green. I had a lot of chances to shoot lower on the first ten holes."

Lorenzo Gagli, winner of the Barclays Kenya Open on the European Challenge Tour just last month, is one of four golfers in a share of third place after a first round of 68.

Oliver Fisher, Joakim Lagergren and Erik van Rooyen join Gagli on four under par.

“Obviously, I’m really pleased," said van Rooyen. "I played my front nine extremely well. Really good tee-to-green, and that made it easy. I hit the ball really well with my irons and had a lot of short putts, especially my first nine.

“The back nine was different. Missed a couple more fairways and I guess just didn't hit it inside ten feet as much. But very satisfied.

“There’s still a long way to go. Keep it in the fairway on this place, you can control the spin coming out of the fairway, which is key to getting it close to some of these pins.”

Austin Connelly, Michael Hoey, Benjamin Rusch, Lee Slattery and Ashun Wu are two strokes behind the leaders after their first rounds of 69.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-5
67
T1
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-5
67
T3
Benjamin Rusch
SWE
-4
68
T3
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-4
68
T3
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-4
68
T3
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-4
68
T3
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-4
68
T8
Ashun Wu
CHI
-3
69
T8
Austin Connelly
CAN
-3
69
T8
Lee Slattery
ENG
-3
69
T8
Michael Hoey
NIR
-3
69

Scores

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Alexander Levy
FRA
-8
72
69
69
70
280
2
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-7
67
70
72
72
281
T3
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-6
74
69
69
70
282
T3
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-6
75
71
70
66
282
T3
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-6
68
73
71
70
282
T3
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-6
72
72
66
72
282
T7
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-5
72
72
69
70
283
T7
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-5
68
71
71
73
283
T9
Joost Luiten
NED
-4
72
70
70
72
284
T9
Paul Waring
ENG
-4
72
69
73
70
284
T9
Seung-Su Han
KOR
-4
70
73
74
67
284
12
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
72
71
71
71
285
T13
Austin Connelly
CAN
-2
69
71
71
75
286
T13
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-2
71
70
72
73
286
T13
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-2
67
73
73
73
286
T13
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-2
70
72
72
72
286
T13
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-2
73
71
67
75
286
T13
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-2
73
70
70
73
286
T19
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
70
75
73
69
287
T19
Marcel Siem
GER
-1
71
71
75
70
287
T19
Thomas Detry
BEL
-1
73
71
75
68
287
T22
Brandon Stone
RSA
Par
74
70
69
75
288
T22
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
73
69
68
78
288
T22
Nacho Elvira
ESP
Par
70
73
75
70
288
T22
Marcus Fraser
AUS
Par
75
72
72
69
288
T22
Richard Sterne
RSA
Par
71
73
70
74
288
T22
Romain Langasque
FRA
Par
71
73
74
70
288
T22
Sean Crocker
USA
Par
71
74
71
72
288
T29
Ashun Wu
CHI
1
69
73
75
72
289
T29
Laurie Canter
ENG
1
73
72
75
69
289
T29
Pedro Oriol
ESP
1
72
75
70
72
289
T32
Andrew Dodt
AUS
2
70
68
74
78
290
T32
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
2
73
73
72
72
290
T32
Lee Slattery
ENG
2
69
76
71
74
290
T32
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
73
73
73
71
290
T36
David Horsey
ENG
3
76
69
71
75
291
T36
David Howell
ENG
3
73
72
76
70
291
T36
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
3
68
75
77
71
291
T36
Robert Rock
ENG
3
74
71
72
74
291
T36
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
3
74
72
73
72
291
T41
Chris Hanson
ENG
4
72
74
74
72
292
T41
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
4
70
75
73
74
292
T41
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
4
75
68
73
76
292
T41
Pontus Widegren
SWE
4
72
75
76
69
292
T41
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
4
70
73
74
75
292
T46
Jorge Campillo
ESP
5
73
73
71
76
293
T46
Josh Geary
NZL
5
74
73
73
73
293
T46
Marc Warren
SCO
5
73
71
75
74
293
T46
Matteo Manassero
ITA
5
73
74
74
72
293
T46
Matthew Nixon
ENG
5
71
74
73
75
293
T46
Ryan Evans
ENG
5
73
74
72
74
293
T52
Aaron Rai
ENG
6
71
71
75
77
294
T52
Darren Fichardt
RSA
6
71
75
74
74
294
T52
Henric Sturehed
SWE
6
76
69
72
77
294
T52
Jordan Smith
ENG
6
74
73
72
75
294
T52
Oliver Fisher
ENG
6
68
75
78
73
294
T52
Romain Wattel
FRA
6
73
74
74
73
294
T52
Wade Ormsby
AUS
6
71
75
68
80
294
T59
Nino Bertasio
ITA
7
70
76
74
75
295
T59
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
7
73
73
75
74
295
61
Renato Paratore
ITA
8
73
74
73
76
296
T62
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
9
72
75
74
76
297
T62
Jamie Elson
ENG
9
74
73
77
73
297
T62
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
9
71
74
74
78
297
65
Steven Brown
ENG
10
70
75
75
78
298
T66
Ayoub Id-Omar
MOR
11
73
73
76
77
299
T66
Daniel Brooks
ENG
11
70
74
78
77
299
T66
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
11
71
76
81
71
299
T66
Marcel Schneider
GER
11
74
73
73
79
299
T66
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
11
72
73
76
78
299
T66
Thomas Pieters
BEL
11
74
72
78
75
299
T72
Ahmed Marjan
MAR
15
73
73
76
81
303
T72
James Heath
ENG
15
77
70
75
81
303
74
Connor Syme
SCO
16
73
73
77
81
304
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
4
72
76
-
-
148
CUT
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
4
76
72
-
-
148
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
4
72
76
-
-
148
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
4
76
72
-
-
148
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
4
69
79
-
-
148
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
4
75
73
-
-
148
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
4
74
74
-
-
148
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
4
76
72
-
-
148
CUT
Ayoub Lguirati
MAR
5
75
74
-
-
149
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
5
76
73
-
-
149
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
5
75
74
-
-
149
CUT
Julien Guerrier
FRA
5
73
76
-
-
149
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
5
76
73
-
-
149
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
5
70
79
-
-
149
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
5
73
76
-
-
149
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
6
73
77
-
-
150
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
6
76
74
-
-
150
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
6
75
75
-
-
150
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
6
71
79
-
-
150
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
6
74
76
-
-
150
CUT
Paul Lawrie
SCO
6
75
75
-
-
150
CUT
Pep Angles
ESP
6
73
77
-
-
150
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
6
77
73
-
-
150
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
6
70
80
-
-
150
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
7
73
78
-
-
151
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
7
81
70
-
-
151
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
7
75
76
-
-
151
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
7
78
73
-
-
151
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
7
75
76
-
-
151
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
7
74
77
-
-
151
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
7
74
77
-
-
151
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
7
75
76
-
-
151
CUT
Jack Munro
AUS
7
75
76
-
-
151
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
7
72
79
-
-
151
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
7
72
79
-
-
151
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
7
76
75
-
-
151
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
7
74
77
-
-
151
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
7
72
79
-
-
151
CUT
Ross McGowan
ENG
7
76
75
-
-
151
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
7
77
74
-
-
151
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
7
77
74
-
-
151
CUT
Yassine Touhami
MOR
7
75
76
-
-
151
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
8
76
76
-
-
152
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
8
73
79
-
-
152
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
8
76
76
-
-
152
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
8
79
73
-
-
152
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
GER
8
77
75
-
-
152
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
8
73
79
-
-
152
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
8
77
75
-
-
152
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
9
75
78
-
-
153
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
9
76
77
-
-
153
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
9
77
76
-
-
153
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
9
76
77
-
-
153
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
9
78
75
-
-
153
CUT
Karim El-Hali
MAR
9
74
79
-
-
153
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
9
78
75
-
-
153
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
9
79
74
-
-
153
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
9
75
78
-
-
153
CUT
Rhys Davies
WAL
9
76
77
-
-
153
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
9
77
76
-
-
153
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
10
74
80
-
-
154
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
10
79
75
-
-
154
CUT
Luke Joy
ENG
10
76
78
-
-
154
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
10
75
79
-
-
154
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
10
75
79
-
-
154
CUT
Benjamin Rusch
SWE
11
69
86
-
-
155
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
11
77
78
-
-
155
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
11
76
79
-
-
155
CUT
Nico Geyger
CHI
11
75
80
-
-
155
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
13
78
79
-
-
157
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
14
80
78
-
-
158
CUT
Mark Foster
ENG
15
78
81
-
-
159
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
16
80
80
-
-
160
CUT
John Kelly
IRL
16
78
82
-
-
160
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
16
81
79
-
-
160
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
17
81
80
-
-
161
DSQ
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
Par
76
69
72
79
296
DSQ
Dean Burmester
RSA
Par
73
73
76
-
222
RET
Anthony Wall
ENG
Par
80
-
-
-
80
RET
Graeme Storm
ENG
Par
79
-
-
-
79
RET
Jason Norris
AUS
Par
75
-
-
-
75
RET
Joel Stalter
FRA
Par
73
-
-
-
73

 




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