Monday, 16 April 2018
David Horsey celebrates winning the Trophee Hassan II  (Getty Images)
David Horsey celebrates winning the Trophee Hassan II (Getty Images)

With the Trophée Hassan II set to get underway at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam this week, we take a look back on one of the more memorable moments at the African tournament.

The Trophée Hassan II may only have been part of the European Tour International Schedule for eight years, but there’s been enough drama to last a lifetime.

From three-way play-offs to wire-to-wire victories, the Moroccan event has had it all during its short history, including one of the most enthralling days on the 2011 season at  Golf du Palais Royal.

England’s David Horsey went into the final round tied with Rhys Davies for the lead at 11 under par. While Horsey was going in search of his second European Tour title, his Welsh rival was defending his Trophée Hassan II crown.

Horsey had carded 67-71-67 in his first three rounds and was aiming to steal an early march on his competitors in the fourth round – and he did just that in supreme style.

After an excellent birdie at the first hole, the Englishman walked up to the tee at the 182-yard par three second hole with five iron in hand, and sent a perfect shot hurtling towards the flag.

The four-time European Tour winner was soon in ecstasy as his perfect shot dropped into the hole and catapulted him into a three-shot lead.

During the 16 holes which followed, Horsey was pegged back as Davies and South African Jaco Van Zyl forced a three-way play-off for the unique golden sword trophy.

Davies was handed a gilt-edged chance for the title on the 18th hole after Horsey had carded a double bogey, but the Welshman fired his putt two feet past the hole to finish level with his fellow Briton and Van Zyl.

On the first extra hole, Horsey found the bunker and had to sink a fine eight-foot putt to stay in the contest and force another hole as all three players carded a par.

The trio navigated the 18th hole once more as the play-off continued and, on this occasion, it was time for Horsey to shine.

The Englishman again flirted with the bunker as he played his approach shot but marginally avoided the sand, catching the bank on the edge of the green which sent his ball to within three feet of the hole.

He made no mistake with the putt and secured victory with a fine birdie as his two opponents could only register pars.

Despite being pushed all the way in his pursuit of victory, Horsey’s hole-in-one at the second hole was the catalyst for a superb second triumph on the European Tour.

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1LEVY, AlexanderFRA18-8
2QUIROS, AlvaroESP18-7
T3PAVAN, AndreaITA18-6
T3BJÖRK, AlexanderSWE18-6
T3ILONEN, MikkoFIN18-6

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