Alejandro Cañizares is cruising at the top of the leaderboard in the Trophée Hassan II event at Golf du Palais Royal, in Morroco.
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Alejandro carded a brilliant first round-10 under par 62 to claim the lead after the first round of the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco in the windier afternoon conditions.
He recorded just one bogey, and said it was just one of those days;
“It was one of those days for me, my swing felt great, I started putting well and the putts went in, it was a lot of fun, when golf is like this it’s easy. After today the confidence is great but it wasn’t there for the last month. After Dubai I started losing a little bit of form but this game is up and down so you can’t expect the best all the time.”
“I was lucky that after a couple of sessions with my coach and a putting session with Phil Kenyon this week it’s started getting a lot easier so I am very happy to perform well this week. I think I played one of the best rounds I’ve played. I missed a couple of drives and from the fairway I missed one shot that cost me a bogey, but that was about it I think.”
Seve Benson is just one shot back after his bogey free opening round of -9 under par 63, and is looking to win his first Tour tournament. Today he finished with four birdies on the last four holes in the windy conditions
“It felt pretty good to be honest. It was so windy out there on the back nine pars were a good score, but I just managed to play the tough holes well and sink some putts. Capitalising on my chances is the big thing for me. I have been working really hard with my putting coach and it paid off today.”
“Going out there in the morning you’d fancy your chances for the best round of the day, it’s never easy playing in a 15mph wind so I am really proud of myself. When it all comes together it’s great, it’s not how good your good shots are, it’s how good your bad shots are and today that was key. It’s what gets you up into contention.”
American Connor Arendell, who finished eighth at Qualifying School in November, is tied in third place with Magnus A Carlsson with both of them scoring -7 under par 65 to open their accounts.
Connor followed in the footsteps of Peter Uihlein in swapping America for Europe;
“I spoke to Peter a little online asking what to expect when I came over. They have done great so far and I think you will see more Americans on The European Tour. It’s a great start, I gave both tours a try, Q-School wise, but I just think this is the best thing for me now that the PGA has done away with getting your card through qualifying.”
“I think it’s huge, coming over here getting that experience, the travelling. Week to week the courses vary quite a bit compared to the US so you are working a lot on getting used to the greens and the courses. It’s tough, but I think over time it will make it that much easier when I’m in the US.”