Trophee Hassan II - R3

Van Rooyen moves ahead in Morocco

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

Erik van Rooyen will take a one stroke lead into the final round of the Trophée Hassan II after a scintillating five under par 68 at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

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“I didn’t even realise I made five birdies to be honest. I didn’t switch any gears. I struggled with my rhythm, my tempo, but in the beginning I think I just kind of found my flow on the back nine. I spoke to Alex, my caddie, and said we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing. I think we were at level par through eight holes and things just started to click.”

The South African, chasing his first European Tour title, finished with a flourish as he birdied the final three holes on the par-73 Red Course in Rabat to move to eight under par.

“I think I’ve been in this position a number of times now. The nerves will be there again tomorrow, but I love to be in this position. What we’ve been doing up until now has been great, and we’ll just keep doing that.”

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Jorge Campillo, who finished runner-up twice and also third in March this year, continued the run of form which has seen him move inside the top 100 in the world. The Spaniard carded a four under par round of 69 to take sole ownership of second place.

“I played solid today. Better than yesterday. I got a few good up-and-downs and I made a few good putts. It was a good round. Tough day.

“I’ve been there way too many times, but I think you’ve got to be in position to win, so I’m in position and hopefully tomorrow is the day.

“Patience to win and I have to be aggressive to win tomorrow. I’ll be patient; if I don’t win tomorrow, I’ll be patient and try some other weeks, but tomorrow I’ll try to play aggressive like I did today and hopefully I can make the putts and hit it good off the tee.”


In third, Sean Crocker sits one stroke ahead of fellow 2018 European Challenge Tour graduate Grant Forrest, who shares fourth place on five under par with Wade Ormsby, Lee Slattery and Julian Suri.

“It always can go better,” said Crocker. “I haven’t been in this stage too many times, other than college and amateur golf. It’s still new to me as a pro, so I thought I did all right.

“In Qatar last year, I had a chance to experience the final group, so I learnt a lot of that from that. Just kind of take it one shot at a time and feel my game early in the stages, which it was clicking early, so I thought I was going to be able to take it low. The course is tough.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-8
74
69
68
211
2
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-7
72
71
69
212
3
Sean Crocker
USA
-6
67
74
72
213
T4
Grant Forrest
SCO
-5
75
70
69
214
T4
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-5
74
70
70
214
T4
Julian Suri
USA
-5
71
71
72
214
T4
Lee Slattery
ENG
-5
70
72
72
214
T8
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-4
75
69
71
215
T8
Jordan Smith
ENG
-4
66
76
73
215
T8
David Lipsky
USA
-4
71
70
74
215
T11
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-3
75
74
67
216
T11
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-3
72
76
68
216
T11
Richard Sterne
RSA
-3
71
76
69
216
T14
Jake McLeod
AUS
-2
72
78
67
217
T14
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-2
70
73
74
217
T16
Thomas Detry
BEL
-1
73
76
69
218
T16
Tom Lewis
ENG
-1
72
75
71
218
T16
Jeff Winther
SWE
-1
74
72
72
218
T16
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-1
74
71
73
218
T16
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-1
73
72
73
218
T21
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
Par
73
76
70
219
T21
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
Par
74
74
71
219
T21
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
Par
72
76
71
219
T21
Joost Luiten
NED
Par
73
75
71
219
T21
Kurt Kitayama
USA
Par
73
74
72
219
T21
James Morrison
ENG
Par
72
75
72
219
T21
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
72
74
73
219
T21
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
75
71
73
219
T21
David Law
SCO
Par
75
71
73
219
T21
Ashley Chesters
ENG
Par
72
73
74
219
T21
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
Par
74
70
75
219
T32
Chris Paisley
ENG
1
75
72
73
220
T32
Andy Sullivan
ENG
1
74
73
73
220
T32
Clement Sordet
FRA
1
76
70
74
220
T32
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
1
72
71
77
220
T32
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
1
70
72
78
220
T37
Michael Hoey
NIR
2
74
73
74
221
T37
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
2
73
74
74
221
T37
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
2
75
70
76
221
T37
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
2
67
76
78
221
T37
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
2
70
73
78
221
T42
Peter Hanson
SWE
3
72
78
72
222
T42
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
73
77
72
222
T42
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
3
74
76
72
222
T42
Paul Waring
ENG
3
73
77
72
222
T42
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
3
75
74
73
222
T42
Romain Langasque
FRA
3
74
75
73
222
T42
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
75
74
73
222
T42
Jack Senior
ENG
3
70
77
75
222
T42
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
3
69
78
75
222
T42
Justin Walters
RSA
3
74
72
76
222
T52
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
4
73
77
73
223
T52
Kim Koivu
FIN
4
74
76
73
223
T52
Oliver Wilson
ENG
4
74
75
74
223
T52
Lasse Jensen
DNK
4
73
76
74
223
T52
Marcel Siem
GER
4
74
73
76
223
T57
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
5
72
78
74
224
T57
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
5
75
74
75
224
T57
David Horsey
ENG
5
73
75
76
224
T57
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
5
68
78
78
224
T57
Marc Warren
SCO
5
72
73
79
224
T62
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
6
72
78
75
225
T62
Steven Brown
ENG
6
76
74
75
225
T62
Joel Girrbach
SWE
6
74
75
76
225
T62
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
6
70
79
76
225
T62
Paul Dunne
IRL
6
73
75
77
225
T67
Tom Murray
ENG
7
77
69
80
226
T67
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
7
72
74
80
226
T69
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
8
68
82
77
227
T69
Richie Ramsay
SCO
8
77
72
78
227
71
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
11
76
74
80
230
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
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
Austin Connelly
CAN
9
78
77
155
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