Monday, 25 February 2019
Adrien Mork  (Getty Images)
Adrien Mork (Getty Images)

The European Challenge Tour will return to Morocco for the first time since 2010 for the Lalla Aïcha Challenge Tour from October 3-6.

Morocco hosted a Challenge Tour event eight times between 2002 and 2010, a series of events which were full of drama and historic moments.

The first visit to Morocco, in 2002, yielded a five-shot win for Frenchman Jean-Francois Lucquin, with Greig Hutcheon, Graeme Storm and Fredrik Widmark winning the three ensuing editions.

At the 2006 edition of the tournament, at Golf du Soleil, history was made.

Frenchman Adrien Mörk carded an opening 63 but it was on Day Two when his record setting round took place.

He went out in 29 following six front nine birdies but his hopes of a magical score were in tatters following a double bogey on the par four second, his 11th.

Not to be deterred, however, Mörk bounced back with an eagle and then sensationally birdied the next five holes to stand on the 18th tee knowing a closing birdie would etch his name into the history books.

Following a good tee shot, he stiffed his approach into the green and was left with a three-foot putt to card the first 59 in Challenge Tour, European Tour and Staysure Tour history, which he confidently rolled home.

The next year, Greig Hutcheon was in pole position to become the first man to win multiple Moroccan Challenge Tour events when he led by one going into the final round, but a closing 68 from Michael Hoey meant the Northern Irishman snatched victory to secure his third Challenge Tour triumph.

England’s Robert Coles earned a four-shot victory in 2009 and Christopher Baker wrote his name into Challenge Tour record books in 2010, in the tour’s most recent trip to the African country.

The American became only the tenth player in history to win on his Challenge Tour debut when he captured the Moroccan Golf Classic title by two strokes, joining the likes of Darren Clarke, Trevor Immelman, Martin Kaymer and Edoardo Molinari.

You can view the full 2019 Challenge Tour International Schedule here

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