Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Trophee Hassan 2016 -

Its a change in venue this year for the Trophee Hassan which is a great pity as Prince Moulay Rachid who hosts the tournament makes the call to go back to the Royal Golf Dar Es Salem GC in Rabat. The course last staged the event in 2010 where Rhys Davies emerged victorious. The Welshman returns again this week. I much prefer the Golf du Palais course at Agadir.

It's a course that will reward accuracy over power and the winner will need to make some birdies. It's a weak field and an event I won't be getting heavily involved in, and the one player I'm going to have an interest in, is the Aussie veteran Terry Pilkadaris. My shortlist did include Paul Dunne and Kevin Phelan but I've had a second look and think Cormac Sharvin could also go well here. At 17.00 for a TOP20 he could be worth a bet and I may just do that later before the off.

As for Pilkadaris, he's not been a regular winner on any tour, in fact his three wins to date have all been on the Asian Tour and his last came some eleven years ago. He may not win ever again, but I couldn't help but ignore the 160.00 on Betfair for the win and I've also gone TOP20 @ 7.00 The Western Australian's form has been inconsistent but he does tend to play nicely in weaker fields and on tight courses and whilst Royal Dar Es Salem may not be that tight it still requires some accuracy. He played well in Delhi last month before fading for T15th, was 22nd in Perth and recorded TOP10s in Vietnam (HO Tram Open) and his home Australian Open back in December. Again, decent results either side of four missed cuts in Malaysia, Singapore, Johannesburg and Myanmar. He finished two shots back from David Horsey at The Made in Denmark event last year when he carded a 74 in his final round on another course that rewards accurate tidy players. The journeyman is quite capable of popping up any given week and especially on windy tracks and given the strength of this field is not without a decent shout here.....but then again so too could anyone this week.

0.25 pts T. Pilkadaris WIN @ 160.00 & 3.75 pts TOP20 @ 7.00

ItRoyal Golf Dar Es Salam

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