European Tour playing a palace of a course in Morocco

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AUSTRALIA’S Brett Rumford will be hoping to be one of the lucky European Tour golfers spending his working weekend in the resplendent grounds of a royal palace in Morocco.

The tour this week plays the Trophée Hassan II at the Golf du Palais Royal in Agadir.

The Golf du Palais Royal is a private course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr on the property of the Royal Palace and its doors have opened exclusively for this event annually since 2010.

Other Aussies competing in a quality field are Wade Ormsby and Richard Green.

Defending champion Marcel Siem was partial to the tournament and its fabulous setting even before he won last year.

“Playing inside the palace walls also gives it a special feel to the week, so when you put all that together you can see why the players love the event so much,” the German golfer said. “It feels like a real privilege to play the king’s course. Usually when you’re that close to the ocean you would expect the course to be linksy, so it’s got to be one of the very few tree-lined courses in the world which is right on the coastline. Every hole is a different challenge, so I love thinking my way round the course.”

South African world No.54 George Coetzee is hoping to use the event to springboard into the US Masters: “It’s an unbelievable golf course and very few people are lucky enough to come inside the palace walls, let along play golf here. It’s a wonderful tournament, so I’m excited to be here. Hopefully I can have a good week and get into the Masters – that would make a special week very special indeed.”

Australian TV Times

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2014 Trophée Hassan II Leaderboard

2014 Trophée Hassan II Leaderboard


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