Adrian Saddier leads the first round of the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on the Golf du Palais Royal course.
Adrian had a bogey free first round -7 under par 65, to lead the Trophee Hasan 11. The day started with an Eagle on the 1st hole, a 530 yard par five, chipping in.
Adrian unfortunately lost his card last year, and naturally was very happy to be here;
“I’m very happy, I was very grateful to get an invite to play here.”
“This place is just unbelievable. I played very solid today. I had a chip in for eagle on the first then another chip in on six, so it was a great start and I kept it going.”
“I just have a little category on The European Tour so I will be focused on The Challenge Tour this year.”
“I played last week in Madeira and although the tournament was cancelled I was playing well in the strong wind so I’m in good shape for this week.”
“It’s almost my best round; I shot 64 in Qatar last year, which was eight under, so this is one of my best rounds.”
“If I could get a win it would change my schedule as at the moment I’m playing on the Challenge Tour. I just need to focus on each shot now and see what happens.”
Daniel Gaunt is in second place, just one shot back at -6 under par 66 for his opening round.
George Coetzee, David Drysdale and Chris Wood all share third place at -5 under par, after their first rounds of 67.
Marcel Siem is desperate to get into The Masters field, after missing out by just 0.03 points last year. he currently sits with a large group at -4 under par;
“It’s a big week for me and four under is a good start.”
“I’m really excited about playing the Masters, I’ve never played it. I finished it off two years ago and still did not get in. It was a little horrible.”
“I’m going to keep doing what I did today, try hard not to make any stupid mistakes. I have got the experience and I know the golf course.”
“I will make enough birdies I reckon, just need to avoid the mistakes.”