Trophée Hassan II. Alex Levy Wins

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Alex Levy from France wins the Trophée Hassan II tournament in Morocco.

Trophée Hassan II

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Alex carded a final round -2 under par 70 to win the Trophée Hassan II with a -8 under total;

Alex wants to make the European Ryder Cup team, this win will help improve his chances;

“This feels so good, I’m a little bit tired now because it was really tough today but I did a really good job today.”

“For me, I played an amazing game. I’m so happy to win this trophy.”

“Like what I said from the start of the season, I need to improve my game, 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.”

Alvaro Quiros from Spain failed to make it a wire to wire win carding a disappointing even par 72 last round to finish one back at -7 under par in second place. Poor putting has been a worry;

“Second position is my best position for the last 11 months, so I can’t complain.”

“I was struggling a lot I would say tee-to-green today compared with the last three rounds and my putting, it’s been very poor lately.”

Four players tied in third place at -6 under, Alexander Björk, and Joakim Lagergren, from Sweden, and both -2 under 70 today, Mikko Ilonen, Finland, even par 72 and  Andrea Pavan, Italy, with the low round of the day -6 under 66.

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Trophée Hassan II, Alvaro Has Advantage.

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Alvaro Quiros, Spain, will take a one shot advantage into the final round of the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco tomorrow.

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Alvaro is looking to go wire to wire in the Trophée Hassan II, and will take a one shot lead into the last round after only carding even par 72 today, keeping his -7 under total;

“I have to recognize that it felt a little bit like Russian roulette.”

“Suddenly great shot, suddenly not that good, but I have to really believe that I fought very nicely and that’s the most important thing, especially with the pin positions that we have played today.”

“I’m happy to finish in level par today because it was my tricky day, I want to think, so hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.”

“I will need to see how my game is waking up tomorrow to believe in being able to shoot a decent score that allows me to fight for the title or not.”

“That’s why we are here, to be leading tournaments and being able to develop.”

Four players are tied in second place, that one shot back at -6 under, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, -4 under 68 today and Erik van Rooyen, _1 under 71, both from South Africa, Mikko Ilonen, Finland, -6 under 66, and Alexander Levy, France, -3 under 69.

Mikko likes the new course layout, and so does everyone else;

“I like the layout, everybody loves the layout. Obviously we have new greens this year and it’s made the course a bit trickier.”

“I wasn’t expecting to be here, as you see. I haven’t shaved this morning, or last week, so I wasn’t prepared to be in front of the cameras.”

“I was expecting a solid round again. I was quite happy with the two 72s to start with and things just started to roll my way today. I managed to score on the easier holes.”

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Trophée Hassan II. Alvaro Quiros Stays on Top.

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Alvaro Quiros, Spain stays on top of the Trophée Hassan II leaderboard at the half way stage in Morocco.

Trophée Hassan II.

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Alvaro shot -2 under 70 today, in the same windy conditions the ladies encountered in Morocco. He leads the Trophée Hassan II tournament at the half-way stage with a -7 under par total, and will take a one stroke advantage into the week-end;

“I would love to say that I have control of my secret but I’m not able to say.”

“Clearly I’m recovering a little bit of natural feel in my swing and now every single day of golf I need to recover a bit of confidence.”

“It’s a very demanding shot to the green every single time. There are very small places to land the ball, it doesn’t matter if you have a long iron or a short iron it is always tight.”

“I’m pleased with the score.”

 Andrew Dodt, Australia has second place at -6 under par, shooting a very respectable -4 under 68 in the windy conditions;

“It wasn’t easy, quite breezy, which made the course very different to yesterday.”

“I played pretty solid, though, even though I was two over through five or six, I just told myself to hang in there and try and hit fairways and greens and I managed to do that on the back nine.”

Erik Van Rooyen, South Africa, is third, carding -1 under par 71, for a tournament total of -5 under par;

“I feel like I’m playing well, I’m used to playing The European Tour now. It’s nothing new anymore so I’m good, I’m comfortable.”

“It’s not easy out there. It’s playing really, really tough. Two-club wind, so it was really just a grind in staying patient and I think it was solid.”

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Trophée Hassan II. Bradley Dredge and Alvaro Quiros Lead.

 

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Bradley Dredge, Wales and Alvaro Quiros, Spain, lead the Trophée Hassan II tournament at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco.

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Bradley

Bradley and Alvaro shot opening rounds of -5 under par 67 to top the Trophée Hassan II leaderboard in Morocco, where the layout measures a mammoth 7,557 yards.

Bradley enjoyed a good day on the course;

“A good day, very pleased to be leading the tournament after round one. I played nicely all day so delighted.”

“It’s just a matter of keeping the ball in play and shot-to-shot, as in looking where the pin positions are and then taking into consideration whether or not you can go for the pin or play away from it.”

“I haven’t played a great deal this year. I feel as though it’s progressing quite well at the moment so I’m quite pleased the way it’s trending, as a lot of guys say.”

Alvaro enjoyed a great day;

“I have to recognize that it was a great round of golf.”

“The score is good but I will say that the level that I displayed today from tee to green, it’s been unbelievable.”

“I know that five under is a very good score but it looks like it’s a little bit short for the game that I have displayed today.”

“Tomorrow is going to be a completely new day, and it’s only the second round of a four-round tournament.”

Tied in second place are Oliver Fisher, England, and Joakim Lagergren, Sweden, with rounds of -4 under 68.

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The Rocco Forte Open. Alvaro Quiros Has Play-Off Win

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Alvaro Quiros, Spain,  has play-off win at The Rocco Forte Open, against Zander Lombard, South Africa, in Sicily.

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Alvaro struggled in the final round of The Rocco Forte Open, carding +2 over par 73, while Zander came up the leaderboard with a -3 under par 68, to level the scores after 72 holes at -14 under par.

Alvaro won at the second extra hole, with a par at the par five 18th, when Zander made bogey;

“I’m very happy, obviously it shouldn’t be like that but at the end it’s a victory and that’s the most important thing.”

“It’s been a little bit of a mess.The game wasn’t that bad.”

“Just the last few holes I started to struggle with the wind left to right and he was playing nice.”

“I didn’t have an idea how many shots I was leading by, what I knew on 18 is I have to make a putt to halve with Zander.”

“It’s a victory, it means a lot of things. Unfortunately I didn’t really like how I ended the round. It should never have been that far.”

Zander consoled himself with qualifying for a start at Wentworth;

“I’m very happy with how I kept myself in contention and all the best for Alvaro. He’s a great champion, he’s won in the past and it’s nice to see him win again.”

 “It’s a good consolation prize to get into Wentworth. I suppose winning isn’t everything but I can’t complain.”

Li Haotong, from China, was in third position, an Albatross at the par five 569 yard 12th hole easing him into third position on his own.

Li spoke about his amazing Albatross;

” It was the second shot, five iron, I just wanted to get it on the green and two-putt and make an easy birdie.”

“After I hit it I saw some clapping on the green and thought it was probably pretty close or something and when I walked to there I couldn’t believe it was in.”

The Rocco Forte Open. Alvaro Way Ahead.

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Alvaro Quiros, Spain, is way ahead after 54 holes of The Rocco Forte Open, and will take a five shot lead into the final round tomorrow in Sicily.

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Alvaro carded -1 under par 70 in the high winds of the third round of The Rocco Forte Open, but no one could catch him, as he posted a -16 under par total.

He said he was lucky that the wind did not affect his good putting;

“Today was the worst golfing day for me, from the tee I was more irregular than normal but I played with the same intentions, trying to fight until the final hole and I’ve been putting well too.”

“Today it was really difficult to putt, the wind was blowing crazy strong and on the greens the perception was always changing with the intensity of this wind. I’m happy with where I am right now.”

“Golf is a very difficult game, you never know what’s around the corner.”

“I’ve been very lucky this week. If I’m not mistaken, I haven’t had a single unplayable ball and that’s a very lucky thing in these windy conditions.”

“If my game stays more or less where it is and I keep putting like I am, I’m going to have chances up until the end.”

Five shots back in second place is Zander Lombard, from South Africa, who battled to score +1 over par 72 today, for a tournament total of -11 under par.

In third place are local favorite Renato Paratore, Italy -1 under 70 today  and Pep AnglesSpain, with a great -3 under 68 in the difficult conditions.

The Rocco Forte Open. Alvaro Quiros has half way Lead.

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Alvaro Quiros has the half way lead in  The Rocco Forte Open at   Verdura Golf Club in Sicily.

Rocco Forte Open

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Alvaro shot a second round -7 under par 64 to lead The Rocco Forte Open after 36 holes with a -15 under par total, giving him a two-stroke advantage going into the week-end.

Alvaro said great putting on the back nine secured his position, and he is setting his sights on regaining his European Tour card;

“It’s a very nice situation, it’s a long time ago since I had the option.”

“My game today was a little bit worse than yesterday but my putting on the back nine was unbelievable so I’m very happy with it.”

“Sometimes I’ve been very greedy, trying to force myself into a better score when the game wasn’t good and today I have to be proud of myself.”

“Eight consecutive pars was the typical situation for me to blow my mind because I’m not shooting low. Today was a big step mentally speaking, trying to be patient.”

“I’m not going to fix my situation in one day or one tournament so hopefully I can keep working, still adding good rounds and hopefully at the end of the year come back to the Tour.”

Michael Hoey and Sebastian Soderberg are sharing second place at -13 under par, both returning second round scores of -3 under 68, after yesterdays low rounds of 61.

Michael was tired after yesterdays effort;

“It was hard towards the end, I used up a lot of adrenaline yesterday. I hadn’t been in that position for a long time, to feel nervous on the golf course.”

“I was a little bit tired on the last seven or eight holes.”

“I got it in kind of level par the last few holes which was decent and it was tricky in the wind. It’s all about the next two days, I’m in a good position.”

Sebastian said the wind was a factor today;

“It’s a little windier today so I think three under is a good score.”

“Driving hasn’t been a strength of my game recently but I’ve been working on so it’s becoming a good asset for me.”

“I just need to remind myself what position I’m in.”

“You can’t really focus too much on the leaderboard. I’ve just got to keep taking it one shot at a time which I’ve been doing pretty well for the last few days.”

“There’s still half the tournament left so I just need to play my golf.”