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Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Edoardo Molinari  (Getty Images)
Edoardo Molinari (Getty Images)

Edoardo Molinari will begin his defence of the Trophée Hassan II alongside the man he beat in a play-off last season at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

The Italian had a birdie-eagle finish on Sunday but a gain from Paul Dunne on the 18th took the contest to extra holes, with a par on the first trip back up the last sealing a Molinari victory.

The duo will be playing together again at 13:20pm on Thursday and they will be in good company, with Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters joining them on the first tee.

Pieters' fellow Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts will go out ten minutes earlier and he will be joined by in-form duo George Coetzee and Jorge Campillo, both fresh off top five finishes in Spain.

Major Championship winner Danny Willett will tee off at 13:30pm alongside fellow Englishman Matt Wallace and Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn.

Morocco's highest-ranked player Ahmed Marjan tees off from the first at 09:20am alongside Justin Walters and Ashun Wu, while countryman Yassine Touhami goes off the tenth at 08:00am with Thongchai Jaidee and Matteo Manassero for company.

Nacho Elvira lost in a play-off here in 2016 and he tees off at 08:10am alongside Chris Wood and Brett Rumford, with his conqueror that day Jeunghun Wang playing with Ryan Fox and Renato Paratore at 08:40am.

NBO Oman Open winner Joost Luiten tees off at 08:20am with fellow European Tour winners Alexander Levy and Andy Sullivan for company, with 2008 Order of Merit winner Robert Karlsson going off ten minutes later with Pablo Larrazábal and Eddie Pepperell.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1LEVY, AlexanderFRA18-8
2QUIROS, AlvaroESP18-7
T3PAVAN, AndreaITA18-6
T3LAGERGREN, JoakimSWE18-6
T3BJÖRK, AlexanderSWE18-6
T3ILONEN, MikkoFIN18-6

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