Trophee Hassan II 2018: Your course and current form guide

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Andy Swales supplies course and current form stats for this week's Trophee Hassan II, as the European Tour tees-up in north Africa.

"Among the leading candidates teeing-up on Thursday, Ireland’s Paul Dunne appears to be the standout competitor."

The European Tour travels to north Africa for this week's Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.

Located in the capital city of Rabat, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam can be found in the north of the country, around eight miles from its Atlantic coast.

The Red Course, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened 37 years ago, is a flat, tree-lined layout which experienced its first taste of European Tour action during the late 1980s.

The Moroccan Open, which was part of the European Tour for a number of years, first visited Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in 1987, twice more during the 1990s, and again in 2001.

There was then a gap of nine years before the club hosted the Trophee Hassan II, since when changes to the Red Course have yielded larger greens with the purpose of offering a wider variety of pin positions.

According to the European Tour website, these alterations will 'place a premium on strategy, approach play, recovery and the short game.'

Likely Lads

Among the leading candidates teeing-up on Thursday, Ireland's Paul Dunne appears to be the standout competitor.

The world No.68 maintained his good current form by finishing runner-up at the Spanish Open on Sunday.

He has also played well over the Red Course, highlighted by his second place finish 12 months ago.

With course data limited to just three European Tour events over the past decade, other fancied runners are likely to include Joost Luiten and George Coetzee.

Both have already tasted victory this calendar year, with the latter on a run of three straight top-10s, the most recent of these coming in Madrid over the weekend.

One other pro who can boast of a podium finish in Morocco, as well as another in the Spanish capital last week, is Nacho Elvira.

The 2016 runner-up at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam was third on Sunday, his first top-10 since last September.

Royal Form

Of those taking part this week, the only two golfers to enjoy back-to-back top 10s over the Red Course in 2016 and 2017, are Renato Paratore and Chris Hanson.

During the opening three-and-a-half months of this year, the usually inconsistent Paratore has registered a brace of top-10s, as well as five missed cuts, and was tied-for-21st on Sunday.

Other Challengers

Three other players who tied-for-21st in Spain, and should be among the challengers this week, are Seung-Su Han, Andy Sullivan and Pablo Larrazabal.

Han, the world No.87, has come from nowhere during the past 12 months to register a series of strong performances.

Meanwhile Sullivan and Larrazabal, both of whom have won multiple times on the European Tour, will have every chance of improving their CVs in what is a fairly mediocre field.

Another player to conjure with is young Englishman Aaron Rai who sneaked into the top 12 on Sunday.

The 23-year-old won three times on the Challenge Tour last year and could soon be ready to triumph at the top table - especially when the field is not that strong.

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Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W15 W14 W13 W12 W11 W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4
Thomas Pieters MC 52 52 37 13 68 32
Yusaku Miyazato 12 MC 52 60 11 27 5
Alexander Levy 36 4 55 4
Joost Luiten 9 37 1 11 MC
Paul Dunne 2 8 5 55 MC MC
Seung-Su Han 21 52 5 13 4 58 29
Eddie Pepperell MC 1 44 MC* MC
Matt Wallace MC 1 19 44 MC 37
Chris Wood 54 48 13 2 MC
George Coetzee 4 1 8 13 MC
Jorge Campillo 5 27 4 2 MC
Wade Ormsby 25 50 26 MC MC
Fabrizio Zanotti MC 50 45 7 60 MC
Victor Dubuisson MC
Ryan Fox MC MC 26 3 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 21 4 4 44 3 MC
Dave Horsey MC 13 MC 34 22
Alexander Bjork 39 MC 19 12 MC 6
Jordan Smith MC MC 26 69 MC
Dean Burmester 71 3 30 4 MC 22
Darren Fichardt 58 1 70 MC MC MC MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 28 34 51
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 34 10 MC 17 MC
Scott Jamieson MC MC 7 61 17 51
Richie Ramsay 72 MC 62 6
Andy Sullivan 21 34 16 17 6
Jeung-Hun Wang MC 40 MC 26 62 6
Adrian Otaegui 12 10 12 39 22
Soren Kjeldsen MC MC 39 MC
Richard Sterne 34 21 45 37 67
Erik Van Rooyen 21 MC 10 59 18 52
David Lipsky 67 48 77 17 6
Renato Paratore 21 MC 4 MC MC MC
Matthew Southgate MC 9 62 57
Jason Scrivener 73 40 19 MC 26 MC 6
Gavin Green 46 16 64 68 39 45
Matthieu Pavon MC 28 31 11 Dq
Graeme Storm 67 60 MC 50 MC
Phachara Khongwatmai MC MC MC 37 17 57
Julien Guerrier 9 MC 38 MC 3 33
Haydn Porteous 48 MC 26 MC 19
Marcus Kinhult MC MC MC 3 16
Aaron Rai 12 9 MC 19 37 26 MC
Callum Shinkwin 28 19 56 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen 21 MC MC 23
Adam Bland MC 18 MC MC 73 MC
Andrew Dodt MC MC 45 65 55 29
Thomas Detry MC 39 31 23 22
Mikko Korhonen MC 3 MC MC 61
Clement Sordet MC 12 54 MC 37
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC MC 61
Jin Ho Choi 58 9 29 72 MC
Robert Rock 28 12 MC 7 MC MC
Nacho Elvira 3 40 39 MC MC MC
Benjamin Hebert 63 61 9 17 MC
Romain Wattel 19 MC 11 37
Stephen Gallacher 52 7 39 9 39 57
Marc Warren 5 53 53 63 67 MC
Sam Brazel MC 16 MC 22
Oliver Fisher MC Wd 2 44 MC MC
Brandon Stone 39 60 MC MC MC MC
Austin Connelly 63 80 62 MC
Paul Waring 63 19 44 MC MC
Ryan Evans MC 34 21 61 53 33
Pedro Oriol 39 8 MC
Nino Bertasio 34 MC MC MC 51 5 45
Anthony Wall 52 25 MC MC 22
Thongchai Jaidee 73 MC 53 51 39 MC
Ahmed Marjan 51 MC MC 22 MC
Lee Slattery MC MC 31 MC 64
Joakim Lagergren MC 45 MC MC MC
Alejandro Canizares 12 MC 22
Chase Koepka MC Wd 53 MC 58
Adrien Saddier MC 62 MC MC MC
Richard Bland MC MC 74 MC MC
James Morrison MC 16 45 MC MC
Sam Horsfield MC 14 2 MC MC 4 MC
Gregory Bourdy 46 54 MC 31 MC MC
Marcus Fraser 46 60 29 13 MC MC
David Drysdale MC MC MC MC 23
Jacques Kruyswijk 9 29 39 MC 8
Jens Dantorp 67 16 21 MC 59 73
Jamie Donaldson MC 34 59 MC 45
Robert Karlsson MC 76 MC MC* 51
Ashun Wu 34 53 28 MC 37
Danny Willett MC Wd 29 MC MC MC
Chris Hanson MC MC 53 MC MC* 6
Maximilian Kieffer 12 48 MC 23 11 32
Marcel Siem MC 28 MC MC* MC
Bradley Dredge 52 45 MC
Sebastian Heisele MC 44 8 MC MC
Oliver Farr MC MC MC 39 59
Thomas Aiken MC 8 MC MC 51
Mikko Ilonen 61 26 57
Steven Brown MC 16 MC 39 MC 49
Lorenzo Gagli MC 1 29 34 MC MC
Brett Rumford 5 62 MC 40 37
Edoardo Molinari MC 57 72 16 MC 45
Peter Hanson
Matthias Schwab 28 8 4 29 61 MC 33
Ricardo Gouveia 52 16 29 61 MC MC
Gregory Havret MC 23 4 MC 37
Lasse Jensen MC Wd MC MC 37
Jeff Winther 34 21 MC 21
Carlos Pigem MC MC MC MC MC* MC
Gavin Moynihan MC MC MC MC MC MC
Charlie Ford 63 66 MC 26 65
Sean Crocker MC 28 MC 5 MC
Alvaro Quiros MC 19 MC MC MC
Jason Norris 58 MC MC MC 70 MC
Justin Walters 66 9 21 45 9 MC
Zander Lombard MC MC MC 65 21 MC
Matteo Manassero 39 57 MC 31 55 MC
Romain Langasque 44 MC 13 MC
Joel Stalter 43 28 33 Wd
Ashley Chesters MC 30 MC 45 MC 51
Felipe Aguilar 28 53 4 MC MC MC
Daniel Brooks MC Wd MC Wd MC
Ben Evans MC 14 MC MC MC MC
Scott Fernandez MC 34 MC 19 37 MC
Bradley Neil 58 MC MC 63 77
Luke Joy 45 60 39 MC
Daniel Im MC MC 77 53 73 65
Grant Forrest 31 38 59 53 17
Nico Geyger MC 3 MC 34 12 MC
Paul Lawrie MC 61 61 MC
Pep Angles 46 MC MC 69 40
Christofer Blomstrand MC 60 38 MC MC
Mark Foster MC MC 13 MC 79
Thomas Bjorn 34 MC 31 39 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 28 MC 17 28 44 MC
James Heath MC MC MC MC MC
Laurie Canter MC 8 21 MC MC 49
Andrea Pavan 21 MC 13 16 15
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC 53 44
Henric Sturehed 5 MC MC MC MC MC
Michael Hoey MC 18 MC 7
Pontus Widegren MC MC 78 MC MC
Jonathan Thomson 39 MC 72 MC 65 MC
Soomin Lee MC 53 48 74 37 39 MC
Benjamin Rusch 14 22 38 22 31
Anders Hansen
Jamie Elson Wd MC
Matthew Baldwin 52 28 38 10 MC MC
Connor Syme MC MC 11 MC 37 MC MC
David Howell 39 MC 21 61
Rak Hyun Cho 12 MC 34 MC 65
Sebastien Gros 12 25 4 45 MC 40
Marcel Schneider 58 MC MC 70 MC MC
Ross McGowan MC 14 MC MC MC MC
Jack Munro 43 28 MC 17 12 13
Matthew Nixon MC 44 MC 13 MC MC
Josh Geary MC MC MC MC MC MC
Rhys Davies
Yassine Touhami 14 36 38 36 MC
John Kelly
Ayoub Id-Omar MC
Ayoub Lguirati MC 44 46 10
Player 2017 2016 2010
Thomas Pieters
Yusaku Miyazato
Alexander Levy 34 34
Joost Luiten 13 14
Paul Dunne 2 16
Seung-Su Han
Eddie Pepperell MC Dq
Matt Wallace
Chris Wood
George Coetzee
Jorge Campillo 19
Wade Ormsby 34
Fabrizio Zanotti 29
Victor Dubuisson 4
Ryan Fox 63
Pablo Larrazabal 13 49
Dave Horsey MC MC 29
Alexander Bjork MC
Jordan Smith 8
Dean Burmester 48 14
Darren Fichardt
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 56
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 34 55
Scott Jamieson MC
Richie Ramsay MC MC
Andy Sullivan
Jeung-Hun Wang MC 1
Adrian Otaegui 56 22
Soren Kjeldsen
Richard Sterne MC
Erik Van Rooyen
David Lipsky
Renato Paratore 8 10
Matthew Southgate 65 22
Jason Scrivener 10
Gavin Green
Matthieu Pavon 13
Graeme Storm 43
Phachara Khongwatmai
Julien Guerrier 56
Haydn Porteous 13
Marcus Kinhult MC
Aaron Rai 34
Callum Shinkwin MC 13
Tapio Pulkkanen
Adam Bland
Andrew Dodt
Thomas Detry MC
Mikko Korhonen MC 22
Clement Sordet MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 27
Jin Ho Choi
Robert Rock MC 3 7
Nacho Elvira MC 2
Benjamin Hebert 19 34
Romain Wattel 27 MC
Stephen Gallacher MC 19
Marc Warren MC
Sam Brazel
Oliver Fisher MC 22
Brandon Stone MC
Austin Connelly
Paul Waring 3 MC
Ryan Evans MC
Pedro Oriol MC
Nino Bertasio MC 5
Anthony Wall 34 34 19
Thongchai Jaidee
Ahmed Marjan MC
Lee Slattery 60
Joakim Lagergren 46
Alejandro Canizares 48 34 43
Chase Koepka
Adrien Saddier 48 16
Richard Bland 34 19
James Morrison 13
Sam Horsfield
Gregory Bourdy 34 59 34
Marcus Fraser
David Drysdale 19 29
Jacques Kruyswijk
Jens Dantorp 66
Jamie Donaldson MC 54
Robert Karlsson MC MC
Ashun Wu
Danny Willett 7
Chris Hanson 6 5
Maximilian Kieffer MC
Marcel Siem MC MC
Bradley Dredge
Sebastian Heisele 19
Oliver Farr
Thomas Aiken 3
Mikko Ilonen 34 3
Steven Brown
Lorenzo Gagli
Brett Rumford
Edoardo Molinari 1 47
Peter Hanson
Matthias Schwab
Ricardo Gouveia 19
Gregory Havret 19 MC 15
Lasse Jensen 4 22
Jeff Winther 34
Carlos Pigem 8
Gavin Moynihan
Charlie Ford
Sean Crocker
Alvaro Quiros 55
Jason Norris
Justin Walters MC MC
Zander Lombard MC 47
Matteo Manassero 48 22
Romain Langasque MC
Joel Stalter 19
Ashley Chesters 8
Felipe Aguilar MC MC
Daniel Brooks 6 43 MC
Ben Evans 71 MC
Scott Fernandez
Bradley Neil
Luke Joy
Daniel Im 60 47
Grant Forrest
Nico Geyger
Paul Lawrie
Pep Angles MC
Christofer Blomstrand MC
Mark Foster 48 MC MC
Thomas Bjorn MC 13
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 34
James Heath MC
Laurie Canter 34 MC
Andrea Pavan
Raphael Jacquelin MC 55 56
Henric Sturehed
Michael Hoey MC MC MC
Pontus Widegren MC
Jonathan Thomson
Soomin Lee
Benjamin Rusch
Anders Hansen
Jamie Elson MC
Matthew Baldwin MC
Connor Syme
David Howell MC 19
Rak Hyun Cho
Sebastien Gros 46 47
Marcel Schneider
Ross McGowan MC
Jack Munro
Matthew Nixon 60 14
Josh Geary
Rhys Davies MC 1
Yassine Touhami MC MC
John Kelly
Ayoub Id-Omar MC MC
Ayoub Lguirati 60
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