Classy Alejandro Cañizares collects the Trophée Hassan II title in Morocco.
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Alejandro carded a final round -2 under par 70, for a winning total of -19 under par, at Golf du Palais Royal. Alejandro finished this wire to wire win with a five shot winning margin, to pick up only his second European Tour victory.
Alejandro would have won by an even greater margin if it had not been for a piece of bad luck on the 18th hole in regulation, where his approach rolled back off the green and came to rest up against a clump of turf from a divot that had not been properly replaced.
The referee told him he was not allowed to move the turf, and from that position could only advance the ball a few yards with his third shot before it again rolled back down the slope almost to his feet. He then duffed his next pitch shot but at least allowed himself a wry smile before eventually getting up and down for a double-bogey six;
“It was a pity it ended like that, but who cares? I won the tournament so I am very happy. It’s been a long time since the last win, it felt like it was never coming but this week I played great, some of the best golf of my career. I hit good shot after good shot and kept my focus.”
“I was very accurate and solid with my irons. I left myself lots of chances and although I did not make all of them, the first day was the key. I putted great the first day, shot ten under and just kept pushing on. Hopefully this is the first step for a little bit of improvement in my career. I have some stuff to work on and hopefully I improve little by little to the point where I can play golf as naturally as I did this week.”
In second place was England’s Andy Sullivan, his final round of -9 under par 63, rocketed him up the leaderboard to claim second place on his own at -14 under par.
Seve Benson birdied the 18th for a final round -1 under par 71 to claim a share of third place on -12 under par with Magnus A Carlsson, who had completed with a -4 under par 68, by holing out from off the green on the last for par after a left-handed escape shot from the trees.