Trophee Hassan II - R2

Sean Crocker and David Lipsky tied for lead, © Getty Images

April 25-28
Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco
€2,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

David Lipsky and Sean Crocker share the halfway lead in the Hassan Trophy as American players continued to enjoy a brilliant season on the European Tour.

Sean Crocker and David Lipsky tied for lead, © Getty Images
Sean Crocker, © Getty Images

Lipsky produced one of the best rounds of the day in testing, windy conditions, a three-under-par 70 at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam leaving him alongside Crocker on five under par.

Crocker, who was born in Zimbabwe but is a naturalised American, added a 74 to his opening 67 to finish a shot ahead of compatriot Julian Suri, Australia’s Dimitrios Papadatos and the English pair of Lee Slattery and Jordan Smith.

Smith held the overnight lead following an opening 66 but struggled to a 76 on Friday which contained five bogeys and just two birdies.

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American players have won eight of the 18 tournaments contested on the European Tour this season, with Lipsky’s good friend Kurt Kitayama getting the ball rolling in Mauritius and Lipsky himself winning in South Africa in December.

Since then, Kitayama won again in Oman, Dustin Johnson has claimed a brace of wins and Bryson DeChambeau, Kevin Kisner and Masters champion Tiger Woods have all tasted victory on the tour.

“Bryson and DJ have come out and played well and they’re some of the best players in the world,” Lipsky said. “What Kurt and I have been doing has been playing pretty solid.

“It’s become more comfortable out here, Americans are more open to coming out, travelling, playing more and it’s great to have friends out here.

“I played really solid today. It’s tough on that back nine when the wind picked up and the greens firmed up so I’m really happy with where I’m at. We’re going into the weekend looking pretty good.”

Suri looked poised to hold the outright lead at six under before finding the water on the ninth, his final hole, to run up a double bogey, but was still pleased with a 71 in very tough conditions.

“It was a really solid round,” he said. “Still in position to contend for this thing. I hit a lot of good shots and obviously I had one kind of blemish on my last hole today. For the most part I’m pretty pleased with where my game’s at.”


Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher, who had an albatross in his opening 68, slumped to a second round of 82 to fall nine shots off the lead.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
David Lipsky
USA
-5
71
70
141
T1
Sean Crocker
USA
-5
67
74
141
T3
Julian Suri
USA
-4
71
71
142
T3
Lee Slattery
ENG
-4
70
72
142
T3
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-4
70
72
142
T3
Jordan Smith
ENG
-4
66
76
142
T7
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-3
70
73
143
T7
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-3
72
71
143
T7
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-3
70
73
143
T7
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-3
67
76
143
T7
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-3
72
71
143
T7
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-3
74
69
143
T13
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-2
75
69
144
T13
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-2
74
70
144
T13
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-2
74
70
144
T16
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-1
75
70
145
T16
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-1
72
73
145
T16
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-1
74
71
145
T16
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-1
73
72
145
T16
Marc Warren
SCO
-1
72
73
145
T16
Grant Forrest
SCO
-1
75
70
145
T22
David Law
SCO
Par
75
71
146
T22
Clement Sordet
FRA
Par
76
70
146
T22
Justin Walters
RSA
Par
74
72
146
T22
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
72
74
146
T22
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
Par
68
78
146
T22
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
75
71
146
T22
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
72
74
146
T22
Jeff Winther
SWE
Par
74
72
146
T22
Tom Murray
ENG
Par
77
69
146
T31
James Morrison
ENG
1
72
75
147
T31
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
73
74
147
T31
Richard Sterne
RSA
1
71
76
147
T31
Andy Sullivan
ENG
1
74
73
147
T31
Marcel Siem
GER
1
74
73
147
T31
Michael Hoey
NIR
1
74
73
147
T31
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
1
69
78
147
T31
Kurt Kitayama
USA
1
73
74
147
T31
Tom Lewis
ENG
1
72
75
147
T31
Chris Paisley
ENG
1
75
72
147
T31
Jack Senior
ENG
1
70
77
147
T42
Paul Dunne
IRL
2
73
75
148
T42
Joost Luiten
NED
2
73
75
148
T42
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
2
74
74
148
T42
Kalle Samooja
FIN
2
72
76
148
T42
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
2
72
76
148
T42
David Horsey
ENG
2
73
75
148
T48
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
3
70
79
149
T48
Thomas Detry
BEL
3
73
76
149
T48
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
3
75
74
149
T48
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
3
73
76
149
T48
Richie Ramsay
SCO
3
77
72
149
T48
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
75
74
149
T48
Lasse Jensen
DNK
3
73
76
149
T48
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
3
75
74
149
T48
Romain Langasque
FRA
3
74
75
149
T48
Joel Girrbach
SWE
3
74
75
149
T48
Oliver Wilson
ENG
3
74
75
149
T48
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
3
75
74
149
T60
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
4
76
74
150
T60
Paul Waring
ENG
4
73
77
150
T60
Kim Koivu
FIN
4
74
76
150
T60
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
4
72
78
150
T60
Steven Brown
ENG
4
76
74
150
T60
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
4
73
77
150
T60
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
4
74
76
150
T60
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
4
68
82
150
T60
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
4
73
77
150
T60
Peter Hanson
SWE
4
72
78
150
T60
Jake McLeod
AUS
4
72
78
150
T60
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
4
72
78
150
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
5
74
77
151
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
5
76
75
151
CUT
David Borda
ESP
5
78
73
151
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
5
73
78
151
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
5
77
74
151
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
5
78
73
151
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
5
74
77
151
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
5
75
76
151
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
5
73
78
151
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
5
74
77
151
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
5
77
74
151
CUT
Victor Perez
FRA
5
73
78
151
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
6
73
79
152
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
6
75
77
152
CUT
Anton Karlsson
SWE
6
77
75
152
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
6
73
79
152
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
6
75
77
152
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
6
75
77
152
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
6
73
79
152
CUT
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
6
75
77
152
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
6
76
76
152
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
6
74
78
152
CUT
Othman Raouzi
MAR
6
77
75
152
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
6
76
76
152
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
6
72
80
152
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
7
75
78
153
CUT
Ayoub Lguirati
MOR
7
75
78
153
CUT
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
7
77
76
153
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
7
77
76
153
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
7
73
80
153
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
7
75
78
153
CUT
Josh Geary
NZL
7
78
75
153
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
7
73
80
153
CUT
Max Orrin
ENG
7
77
76
153
CUT
Ross McGowan
ENG
7
75
78
153
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
7
73
80
153
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
7
79
74
153
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
7
74
79
153
CUT
Sihwan Kim
KOR
7
73
80
153
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
8
78
76
154
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
8
75
79
154
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
8
76
78
154
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
8
74
80
154
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
8
76
78
154
CUT
Scott Vincent
ZWE
8
80
74
154
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
9
77
78
155
CUT
Faycal Serghini
MOR
9
75
80
155
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
9
77
78
155
CUT
Hurly Long
GER
9
79
76
155
CUT
Ivan Cantero
ESP
9
76
79
155
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
9
74
81
155
CUT
John Catlin
USA
9
75
80
155
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
9
79
76
155
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
9
73
82
155
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
9
77
78
155
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
9
75
80
155
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
9
78
77
155
CUT
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
9
78
77
155
CUT
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
10
78
78
156
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
10
76
80
156
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
10
76
80
156
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
10
81
75
156
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
10
77
79
156
CUT
Philipp Mejow
GER
10
78
78
156
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
11
78
79
157
CUT
David Howell
ENG
11
77
80
157
CUT
Espen Kofstad
NOR
11
75
82
157
CUT
Esteban Toledo
MEX
11
81
76
157
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
11
77
80
157
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
11
76
81
157
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
12
78
80
158
CUT
Julien Quesne
FRA
12
77
81
158
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
12
81
77
158
CUT
Ewan Porter
AUS
13
73
86
159
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
13
79
80
159
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
14
84
76
160
CUT
Shergo Al Kurdi
JOR
15
83
78
161
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
17
81
82
163
CUT
Ayoub Ssouadi
MAR
19
83
82
165
CUT
Ahmed Marjan
MOR
21
90
77
167
CUT
Saud Al Sharif
KSA
21
83
84
167
DSQ
Chris Wood
ENG
Par
76
76
RET
Andrew Dodt
AUS
Par
73
73
RET
Matthew Nixon
ENG
Par
73
73
RET
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
Par
77
77