There is literally only one man to talk about at this weeks Trophy Hassan II and that is of course Alejandro Canizares. This was nothing less than a routine victory for the Spaniard who secured an incredible five shot victory with some help from a closing round of 70. Canizares lead from the first round after an outstanding 62 which put him straight into the lead at 10 under-par. From then on it was smooth sailing for the 32-year-old who followed up his first round score with a 68 and a 69 before a 70 on the final day.
Canizares didn’t get off to the best of starts after a bogey at the second hole gave the trailing pack some belief. Any sort of pressure on the shoulders of Canizares were soon lifted after he pitched to just 3ft on the fifth hole for birdie and then pitching even closer on the ninth to further extend his lead. He started the back nine similar to how he finished the front with birdies at ten and twelve. A bogey at the sixteenth cancelled out the birdie he made on the previous hole but as he did all week he recovered well after a slight hiccup and a sixth birdie took him to 21 under-par. A moment of bad luck occurred on the final hole after his tee shot settled in an un-replaced divot which ultimately caused a double-bogey to reduce the lead to just five shots. The rules official said he was unable to move the turf and he could only manage to move the ball a few yards before the ball caught a slight slope which brought it back to his feet. He followed his misfortune with a duff chip but this was not enough to wipe the smile from his face as he holed a putt for a six on the par 4 final hole and the win.
The victory for the Spaniard was certainly over-due after a wait of over 8 years since his victory at the Russian Open in 2006. After turning pro in 2006, Canizares looked to show some real promise with his win in Russia. But since that victory he has never shown his true potential, until now. This win takes him 15th in the race to Dubai and he looks to carry on his form with some big tournaments just over the horizon.