This week we preview the Trophee Hassan II 2015 in Morocco, where Alejandro Cañizares defends his title.
After a disasterous Madeira Islands Open which was cancelled due to inclement weather, our attention turns to Morocco.
The Golf du Palais Royal has hosted the prestigious Trophée Hassan II since 2011. Previous winners include Michael Hoey, Marcel Siem and Rhys Davies, all of whom are in the field this week.
It’s worth noting that the following players need to win or finish highly this week to receive an invite to the Masters:
- George Coetzee,
- Marcel Siem,
- Tommy Fleetwood,
- Alexander Levy,
- Andy Sullivan
- Ross Fisher
Andy Sullivan – 25/1 (SkyBet)
With two wins already this season, including a Joburg Open win at the start of the month, Sullivan is in a rich vein of form. With nothing to prove, Sullivan needs some motivation; which he has in the form of a possible Masters invite. The Englishman needs to finish second alone or win the Trophée Hassan II to jump into the world’s top 50 from his current position of 61st to stamp his ticket to Augusta, in what would be his first ever Major.
His case grows stronger with the fact that he finished second here last year to Spain’s Cañizares, along with a top 20 finish in 2012.
David Horsey – 28/1 (SkyBet)
Course form is the overriding factor in Horsey’s selection here, with a win, a runner-up finish, and two top 15’s in his last four appearances.
A top 10 finish at the Tshwane Open two weeks ago suggests that he is coming into form at just the right time.
Seve Benson – 100/1 (BetFred)
The long-hitting Englishman, who is in the top 20 on tour for driving distance this season, finished third here last year. His current form isn’t much to write home about, but, to his credit, he has made the cut in his last six events.
The 100/1 odds on the three time Challenge Tour winner look somewhat generous and are worth a punt.
First Round Leader:
Peter Lawrie – 200/1 (SkyBet)
His highest finish here is tenth place in 2010, showing his tendency to fade as the tournament goes on, so backing Lawrie in the First Round Leader race looks a far safer option than backing him outright.