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Friday, 26 April 2019
Trophée Hassan II  (Getty Images)
Trophée Hassan II (Getty Images)

It was a wild and windy second day of the Trophée Hassan II but that did not prevent some decent scoring and magic on the tee boxes.

Here is everything you need to know from Rabat as we head into day three at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

Tight at the top


With 21 players within four shots of the lead, there could be lot of movement on day three. American duo David Lipsky and Sean Crocker lead the way at five under but with European Tour winners Lee Slattery, Jordan Smith and Julian Suri within one, they will have plenty of competition. If an American wins on Sunday, it would be a ninth win in 19 events for the stars and stripes.

That's shallot to take in

What's the oddest thing you carry in your bag? Joost Luiten can probably beat it.

Gone with the wind


The sunshine may have been glorious in Rabat on Friday but don't let that fool you, behind the beauty lies a beast. Royal Golf Dar Es Salam has long been regarded one of the toughest tests on the Race to Dubai and with winds approaching 20mph, that challenge was magnified. Strong gusts and firm greens meant that only three players went sub 70 and the lead came back two shots by the end of play. Golf is hard.

It's only bad until it's good

Christofer Blomstrand almost made an ace on the ninth on day one and Kurt Kitayama had a near miss on Friday, not that you would have known it from his reaction. The American turned away in disgust after hitting his tee shot only for his ball to roll out and almost go in the hole.

Keepy uppy kings

Tee shots were not the only impressive things happening on tee boxes  - just look at this from Guido Migliozzi and Alexander Levy. We'd say they'd missed their calling if they didn't have six European Tour wins between them.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1CAMPILLO, JorgeESP18-9
T2SURI, JulianUSA18-7
T2VAN ROOYEN, ErikRSA18-7
T2CROCKER, SeanUSA18-7
5LIPSKY, DavidUSA18-5
T6KAWAMURA, MasahiroJPN18-4

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