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Sunday, 16 March 2014
Alejandro Canizares is presented with the winner's trophy by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, Crown Prince of Morocco, and HRH Princess Lalla Meryem after the final round of the Trophee Hassan II Golf at Golf du Palais Royal  (Getty Images)
Alejandro Canizares is presented with the winner's trophy by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, Crown Prince of Morocco, and HRH Princess Lalla Meryem after the final round of the Trophee Hassan II Golf at Golf du Palais Royal (Getty Images)
Alejandro Cañizares completed a comprehensive wire-to-wire victory at the Trophée Hassan II to end an eight-year wait for a second European Tour title.

Just as Marcel Siem did 12 months ago at Golf du Palais Royal, Cañizares led from the off with an opening 62 and completed a five shot win with a closing round of 70.

That gave the Spaniard a 19 under par total in Agadir, with England’s Andy Sullivan storming home in 29 shots for a best-of-the-day 63 to claim second place.

Cañizares won on only his third European Tour start at the 2006 Russian Open, but has had to wait 199 events for win number two – during which time he has been a runner-up four times.

Victory completes an excellent six months for the 31 year old, who has not missed a cut since September. That run that now stretches to 16 tournaments and includes three other top-ten finishes, and Cañizares was quick to target more titles.

"It's been a long time since the last win,” he said. “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."

Cañizares would have won by a greater margin if not for a piece of bad luck on the 18th, 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 World Number 141 was told by a referee he was not allowed to move the turf and could only advance the ball a few yards with his third shot before it again rolled back down the slope almost to his feet.

From there he duffed his next pitch 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," he added.

Sullivan’s runner-up finish represented the best of his European Tour career, with the €166,660 securing the former Walker Cup star’s playing rights for next season.

“It’s just unbelievable, I got off to such a good start on the back nine, and I managed to keep it going,” said Sullivan, who had seven birdies in nine holes on the way in.

“The wind was getting up and there were a few holes into the wind, but that was surreal that finish there. 

“Just an unbelievable feeling to hit 63 on the last day is always nice.”  

England's Seve Benson birdied the 18th to claim a share of third place on 12 under with Sweden's Magnus A Carlsson, who had completed a 68 by holing from off the green on the last for par after a left-handed escape shot from the trees.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1CAÑIZARES, AlejandroESP18-19
2SULLIVAN, AndyENG18-14
T3CARLSSON, Magnus ASWE18-12
T3BENSON, SeveENG18-12
T5CABRERA-BELLO, RafaESP18-11
T5BLAND, RichardENG18-11

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