Rabat - Four
players shared the lead after the opening round of the Trophee Hassan
II on Thursday but on a day of tough conditions, 52 players ended up
within three shots of the top of the leaderboard.
Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark, French duo Gregory Havret and Gary Stal
and England's James Morrison all carded three-under par rounds of 70 to
open up a one-shot lead.
Morrison has five top-25 finishes in six events this season and
turned in 34 from the tenth with birdies on his opener, the 12th, 15th
and 18th and a bogey on the 16th at the challenging Royal Golf Dar Es
A birdie on the fifth gave him the outright lead but Morrison gave the shot back on the next.
"It's a proper, good golf course which is fantastic to play," the Englishman told www.europeantour.com.
"You've got to be on your game, hit it straight, if you do get it in
trouble you've got to get out of trouble well and I think had a mix of
playing well today, hitting the right shots at the right time, and
scrambling pretty well, too."
Gregory Bourdy, Clement Sordet, Alexander Levy, Trevor Fisher, Dylan
Frittelli, Jaco Van Zyl, Edoardo Molinari, Pelle Edberg and Max Orrin
were all at two under for the day.
first round scores in the European Tour Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf
Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco on Thursday (GBR/IRL unless stated, par
70 - Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN), Gary Stal (FRA), James Morrison, Gregory Havret (FRA)
71 - Clement Sordet (FRA), Max Orrin, Jaco van Zyl (RSA), Pelle
Edberg (SWE), Alexander Levy (FRA), Gregory Bourdy (FRA), Dylan
Frittelli (RSA), Edoardo Molinari (ITA), Trevor Fisher jnr (RSA)
72 - Ben Evans, Mikko Ilonen (FIN), Sebastian Heisele (GER), Matteo
Manassero (ITA), Scott Jamieson, Aaron Rai, Pablo Larrazabal (ESP),
Robert Rock, Duncan Stewart, Jeff Winther (DEN), Alejandro Canizares
(ESP), Thomas Detry (BEL), Mike Lorenzo-Vera (FRA), Anton Karlsson
(SWE), Matthieu Pavon (FRA), Stuart Manley, David Drysdale, Richard S
Johnson (SWE), Romain Wattel (FRA), Mark Foster, Nino Bertasio (ITA)
73 - Jens Fahrbring (SWE), Rafael Echenique (ARG), Johan Edfors
(SWE), Renato Paratore (ITA), Adrien Saddier (FRA), Sebastian Soderberg
(SWE), Paul Dunne, Eddie Pepperell, Nacho Elvira (ESP), Adrian Otaegui
(ESP), Julien Quesne (FRA), Daniel Brooks, David Howell, David Horsey,
Ashley Chesters, Jens Dantorp (SWE), Victor Dubuisson (FRA), Jordan
74 - Richard Bland, Richie Ramsay, Matthew Nixon, Paul Waring, Damien
Perrier (FRA), Daniel Im (USA), Jorge Campillo (ESP), Mikko Korhonen
(FIN), Raphael Jacquelin (FRA), Lee Slattery, Anthony Wall, Ricardo
Gonzalez (ARG), Laurie Canter, Chris Hanson