The odds-on favorite took care of business last week in Madrid. Now the Euro Tour heads to Morocco for the Trophee Hassan II.
This event is not a sequel to the first Trophee Hassan. The deuce actually refers to a person, Hassan II, who was King of Morocco from 1961 to 1999.
The tournament has been an official Euro Tour event since 2010 and Royal Golf Dar Es Salam has hosted three times during that stretch. The winners of those years were Rhys Davies, Jeunghun Wang, and Edoardo Molinari. Not exactly screaming ELITE.
The course is a par 73 that plays at roughly 7,600 yards! The field has averaged 74.18 over the last two years. Of course the Euro Tour’s website lists it as a Par 72 also so it either has FOUR or FIVE par 5s depending on which part of their site you trust.
Always great and accurate information on their website! Either way, this course has been no pushover, so golfers that can grind it out in tough conditions should rise to the top this week.
The greens are a mix of bent and poa while there is kikuyu grass from tee-to-green like we often see in Africa.
Since last year, the greens have been reworked so course history might make up a smaller role than usual. Check out Dave Tindall’s Rotoworld Preview if you want some proper golfer analysis.
If we stick to the stats, let’s try to find out who might fit the course this week…
Top Performers in Africa(since 2015)
Top Performers on Hard Courses (since 2015)
Top Performers on Long Courses (since 2015)
Top Performers against Weak Fields (since 2015)
Top Performers on Par 72s (since 2015)
*Even if the course is a par 73, the ability to feast on par 5s proves key here.
Golfers that show up on all FIVE lists: NONE
Golfers that show up on 4-of-5 lists: Joost Luiten, Pablo Larrazabal
Golfers that show up on 3-of-5 lists: Paul Dunne, Alexander Levy, Jorge Campillo, Soren Kjeldsen, Dean Burmester
My Top 25 for the 2018 Trophee Hassan II
1. Joost Luiten
2. Paul Dunne
3. Thomas Pieters
4. Pablo Larrazabal
5. Jorge Campillo
6. Alexander Levy
7. George Coetzee
8. Andy Sullivan
9. Chris Wood
10. Aaron Rai
11. Seungsu Han
12. Alexander Bjork
13. Richard Sterne
14. Matt Wallace
15. Dean Burmester
16. Mike Lorenzo-Vera
17. Thomas Aiken
18. Robert Rock
19. Fabrizio Zanotti
20. Benjamin Hebert
21. Stephen Gallacher
22. Maximilian Kieffer
23. Wade Ormsby
24. Jeunghun Wang
25. Nacho Elvira