Trophee Hassan II - R1

Smith surges into Trophée Hassan II lead

April 25-28
Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco
€2,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Jordan Smith carded a blemish-free round of 66 at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam to lead the Trophée Hassan II by one stroke after 18 holes.

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The Englishman, who started from the par-four tenth, parred his first four holes in Morocco but birdies on the 14th , 15th and 17th holes saw him make the turn three under par. On the front nine he maintained his consistency, making four birdies in five holes from the third to the seventh as he signed for a seven under par score.

“The first four holes, I couldn’t really hit a barn door, and just scrambled well for the first two, stuck in there and it all came together at the right time. Hit a lot of nice iron shots sort of close. Made a few nice putts.

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“I hit a lot of iron shots close. I think that was key for me today. I rolled it really nice. That’s probably the best I’ve putted for a longs time and I made — I scrambled when I needed to, when I missed a green, I chipped on and holed the putt. It was all about momentum for me today.”

Smith sits one ahead of Spain’s Alejandro Cañizares and America’s Sean Crocker, who both recorded bogey-free rounds of 67 on the formidable par-73 Red Course.

“The first – I would say – 12 holes, I played great,” said Cañizares. “Didn’t miss many shots. It was very fun. Had a little luck on a couple coming in on 6 and 7. But yeah, overall, played great. I missed a few, but I made a couple par putts on 2, my 11th hole, and the par 5, I think it was 5. Very pleased, birdied the last, on 9, difficult hole. Very pleased.

“I think it could have been lower. I missed a short one there, but you know, couldn’t complain, as I hit the pin. But I missed a three- or four-footer for birdie, and I missed a six-footer on the next. But you know, I missed a couple, but I made — obviously I made a few, so I can’t complain. Golf is like that.”

One stroke further back on five under par are Matthieu Pavon and Stephen Gallacher. The Scotsman carded just the second albatross on the European Tour this season, holing out from 246 yards with his second shot, using a three iron on the par-five eighth hole.

“Jack was confident on it,” said Gallacher. “He said — well, it was only one club. It was just whether the ball flight — I had to flight it in a little bit. It was 240, so trying to land it 225 and run it up the green. It just came off perfect. The perfect trajectory and got a good bounce and just thought it was going to run up to eight-foot or something like that and it went in. First one as a pro.”


Also in contention is the 2016 Trophée Hassan II champion Edoardo Molinari, who sits in sixth place on four under par.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Jordan Smith
ENG
-7
66
T2
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-6
67
T2
Sean Crocker
USA
-6
67
T4
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-5
68
T4
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-5
68
6
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-4
69
T7
Jack Senior
ENG
-3
70
T7
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-3
70
T7
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
70
T7
Lee Slattery
ENG
-3
70
T7
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-3
70
T7
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-3
70
T13
David Lipsky
USA
-2
71
T13
Julian Suri
USA
-2
71
T13
Richard Sterne
RSA
-2
71
T13
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-2
71
T17
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
72
T17
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-1
72
T17
Tom Lewis
ENG
-1
72
T17
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-1
72
T17
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-1
72
T17
Peter Hanson
SWE
-1
72
T17
Jake McLeod
AUS
-1
72
T17
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-1
72
T17
James Morrison
ENG
-1
72
T17
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-1
72
T17
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-1
72
T17
Marc Warren
SCO
-1
72
T17
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-1
72
T17
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-1
72
T31
Lasse Jensen
DNK
Par
73
T31
Victor Perez
FRA
Par
73
T31
David Horsey
ENG
Par
73
T31
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
Par
73
T31
Kurt Kitayama
USA
Par
73
T31
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
Par
73
T31
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
Par
73
T31
Dean Burmester
RSA
Par
73
T31
Ewan Porter
AUS
Par
73
T31
Ryan Evans
ENG
Par
73
T31
Adrien Saddier
SCO
Par
73
T31
Sihwan Kim
KOR
Par
73
T31
Pedro Oriol
ESP
Par
73
T31
Andrew Dodt
AUS
Par
73
T31
Laurie Canter
ENG
Par
73
T31
Thomas Detry
BEL
Par
73
T31
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
73
T31
Paul Dunne
IRL
Par
73
T31
Paul Waring
ENG
Par
73
T31
Joost Luiten
NED
Par
73
T31
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
Par
73
T31
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
Par
73
T31
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
73
T31
Jens Dantorp
SWE
Par
73
T31
Matthew Nixon
ENG
Par
73
T31
Hugo Leon
CHI
Par
73
T57
Nick Cullen
AUS
1
74
T57
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
1
74
T57
Wade Ormsby
AUS
1
74
T57
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
1
74
T57
Michael Hoey
NIR
1
74
T57
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
1
74
T57
Romain Langasque
FRA
1
74
T57
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
1
74
T57
Jeff Winther
SWE
1
74
T57
Joel Girrbach
SWE
1
74
T57
Oliver Wilson
ENG
1
74
T57
Niklas Lemke
SWE
1
74
T57
Scott Jamieson
SCO
1
74
T57
Andy Sullivan
ENG
1
74
T57
Jason Scrivener
AUS
1
74
T57
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
1
74
T57
Ben Evans
ENG
1
74
T57
Marcel Siem
GER
1
74
T57
Renato Paratore
ITA
1
74
T57
Justin Walters
RSA
1
74
T57
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
1
74
T57
Liam Johnston
SCO
1
74
T79
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
2
75
T79
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
2
75
T79
John Catlin
USA
2
75
T79
Alexander Levy
FRA
2
75
T79
Chris Paisley
ENG
2
75
T79
Louis De Jager
RSA
2
75
T79
Espen Kofstad
NOR
2
75
T79
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
2
75
T79
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
2
75
T79
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
2
75
T79
Ashun Wu
CHI
2
75
T79
David Law
SCO
2
75
T79
Ross McGowan
ENG
2
75
T79
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
2
75
T79
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
2
75
T79
Deyen Lawson
AUS
2
75
T79
Ayoub Lguirati
MOR
2
75
T79
Faycal Serghini
MOR
2
75
T79
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
2
75
T79
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
2
75
T79
Nino Bertasio
ITA
2
75
T79
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
2
75
T79
Grant Forrest
SCO
2
75
T79
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
2
75
T103
Steven Brown
ENG
3
76
T103
Aaron Rai
ENG
3
76
T103
Chris Wood
ENG
3
76
T103
David Drysdale
SCO
3
76
T103
Robert Karlsson
SWE
3
76
T103
Romain Wattel
FRA
3
76
T103
Ivan Cantero
ESP
3
76
T103
Stuart Manley
WAL
3
76
T103
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
3
76
T103
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
3
76
T103
Matteo Manassero
ITA
3
76
T103
Darren Fichardt
RSA
3
76
T103
Clement Sordet
FRA
3
76
T103
David Howell
ENG
3
76
T103
Kim Koivu
FIN
3
76
T118
Haydn Porteous
RSA
4
77
T118
Matthew Southgate
ENG
4
77
T118
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
4
77
T118
Julien Quesne
FRA
4
77
T118
Bradley Dredge
WAL
4
77
T118
Tom Murray
ENG
4
77
T118
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
4
77
T118
Anton Karlsson
SWE
4
77
T118
Othman Raouzi
4
77
T118
Max Orrin
ENG
4
77
T118
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
4
77
T118
Nacho Elvira
ESP
4
77
T118
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
4
77
T118
Richie Ramsay
SCO
4
77
T118
Richard McEvoy
ENG
4
77
T133
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
5
78
T133
Adria Arnaus
ESP
5
78
T133
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
5
78
T133
Philipp Mejow
GER
5
78
T133
Austin Connelly
CAN
5
78
T133
Max Schmitt
GER
5
78
T133
David Borda
ESP
5
78
T133
Daniel Gavins
ENG
5
78
T133
Josh Geary
NZL
5
78
T133
Oliver Fisher
ENG
5
78
T143
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
6
79
T143
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
6
79
T143
Scott Gregory
ENG
6
79
T143
Hurly Long
GER
6
79
147
Scott Vincent
ZWE
7
80
T148
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
8
81
T148
Zander Lombard
RSA
8
81
T148
Esteban Toledo
MEX
8
81
T148
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
8
81
T152
Ayoub Ssouadi
10
83
T152
Shergo Al Kurdi
JOR
10
83
T152
Saud Al Sharif
KSA
10
83
155
Per Laengfors
SWE
11
84
156
Ahmed Marjan
MOR
17
90