DID YOU KNOW – TROPHÉE HASSAN II
• Defending champion Marcel Siem will attempt to become just the third player from Germany to make a successful defence of a European Tour title. Should he achieve the feat he would follow Bernhard Langer (1982-82 and 1985-86 German Open) and Martin Kaymer (2010-11 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship).
• On his way to victory 12 months ago, Marcel Siem led after each round to claim his first wire-to-wire triumph. He was one of five players to win in this fashion during the 2013 season. However, the German was the only player to lead after each round without any ties.
• On his way to victory in 2011, David Horsey made a hole-in-one on the second hole on day four. He became only the fourth player in European Tour history to make an ace in the final round and go onto win. He followed Thongchai Jaidee (2004 Carlsberg Malaysian Open), Miguel Angel Jiménez (2008 BMW PGA Championship) and Alvaro Quiros (2011 Omega Dubai Desert Classic).
• Since the tournament became part of The European Tour International Schedule in 2010, David Horsey has the best record of any player. Having won in 2011, he was tied second in 2013. In 2010 he was tied 29th and tied 14th in 2012. He is a total of 44 under par for 16 rounds in the event since 2010.
• The Trophée Hasan II was first played in 1971 and is Morocco’s longest running sporting event, first won by 1969 US Open Champion, Orville Moody. The tournament is rich in history with no fewer than nine Major Champions prevailing. They are: Moody (1971), Billy Casper (1973, 75), Lee Trevino (1977), Vijay Singh (1991), Payne Stewart (1992, 93), Nick Price (1995), David Toms (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007) and Ernie Els (2008).
• All four previous winners of the tournament are competing since the event became part of The European Tour in 2010. They are: Rhys Davies (2010), David Horsey (2011), Michael Hoey (2012) and Marcel Siem (2013).
• The Golf du Palais Royal is no stranger to staging European Tour competition, having been one of two courses to host this event in 2011, (along with the Golf de L’Océan course). Before then the Golf du Palais entertained the Moroccan Open between 1993-96 and again between 1997-99.
• The European Tour Number One of 2008, Robert Karlsson, is closing in on his 500th official European Tour event. This week will see event number 498. When he reaches the milestone he will become the Swede to reach this landmark.