European Tour

Siem soars to Agadir lead

2013-03-29 09:36
Marcel Siem (File)

Agadir - German veteran Marcel Siem boosted his hopes of a maiden Masters appearance on Thursday when he built a three-shot lead after the opening round of the Trophee Hassan.

VIDEO: Trophee Hassan Day 1 highlights

Siem, twice a winner on the European Tour, carded an eight under par, a round topped off by an eagle-birdie finish as the world number 72 eyed the top-50 ranking he needs to make the Augusta qualifying mark.

"I didn't know I still had a chance for the Masters but now we know there are four or five of us in the field here who still might be able to get to the Masters if we win," said Siem.

"It is a nice incentive but I came here first and foremost to play this tournament and play this golf course. The Masters would be pretty special but I just have to concentrate on what I am doing in this tournament."

Spaniard Alvaro Velasco is second overnight after a five under 67 as both he and Siem enjoyed the better afternoon playing conditions at the Golf du Palais Royal.

Windy conditions in the morning meant that only four players broke par - that group included 2011 champion, England's David Horsey who shot six birdies and two bogeys.

At the other end of the scoreboard, the Czech Republic's Jakub Svoboda was 21 over after just six holes before he pulled out with the European Tour's worst score beckoning.

The 20-year-old, ranked 1 522nd in the world, carded a seven, seven, a nine, another couple of sevens and a nine at the sixth.

The European Tour record high score for a single round is the 111 by Mark James at the Italian Open in 1978.

Leading and selected first round scores in the European Tour Trophee Hassan II at Golf du Palais Royal on Thursday (GBR/IRL unless stated; par 72):

64 - Marcel Siem (GER)

67 - Alvaro Velasco (ESP)

68 - David Horsey, Simon Wakefield, Graeme Storm

69 - Craig Lee, Gary Lockerbie, Mikko Ilonen (FIN)

70 - Joost Luiten (NED), Gregory Havret (FRA)

71 - Paul Waring, David Howell, Scott Arnold (AUS), Richard McEvoy, Julien Quesne (FRA), Kang Kyung-nam (KOR), Justin Walters (RSA), Andreas Harto (DEN)

72 - Daniel Popovic (AUS), Jorge Campillo (ESP), Matthew Baldwin, Scott Henry, Matthew Southgate, Moritz Lampert (GER), Pablo Larrazabal (ESP), Jose Manuel Lara (ESP), Alessandro Tadini (ITA), Bernd Wiesberger (AUT), Chris Lloyd

73 - Francesco Molinari (ITA), Mikael Lundberg (SWE), John Parry, Garth Mulroy (RSA), Rhys Davies, Chris Paisley, Oliver Fisher, Brett Rumford (AUS), Joachim B Hansen (DEN), Robert Rock, Andrew Marshall, Ewan Porter (AUS), Eduardo De La Riva (ESP), Alejandro Canizares (ESP), David Higgins, Bernd Ritthammer (GER), Alexander Levy (FRA)

Selected:

77 - Keith Horne (RSA)

78 - Tjaart Van Der Walt (RSA)

Read more on:    marcel siem  |  golf
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Westwood leads in Malaysia

2014-04-17 15:00

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

 
 
Featured Blog

The stock of Bulls and Sharks 2014 Super Rugby jerseys are slowly becoming available after the festive season break, writes blogger Baylion.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.