Mar 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Storm clouds roll over the course during the first round of the WGC - Cadillac Championship golf tournament at TPC Blue Monster at Trump National Doral. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

European Tour Golf: Alejandro Canizares Leads Troph'ee Hassan II

Alejandro Canizares made one bogey and a whole bunch of birdies en route to an opening round -10 under par 62 at The Troph’ee Hasan II on Thursday afternoon. The 31 year-old Spaniard from Madrid came out firing right at the first two holes. He had one mistake at the third, on the Golf du Palais Royal golf course in Agadir, Morocco and then it was off to the races. Canizares has a one stroke lead over Brit, Seve Benson, and two over Magnus A. Carlsson from Sweden, and American, Conner Arendell.

A closer look at his stats on the day, it wasn’t hard to see why Canizares fired such a fine round. At 290 yards off the tee, he was able to hit 10 of 13 fairways, and hit 16 greens. He did the rest with the flat stick only putting 25 times on the par 72 layout.

“It was one of those days for me, my swing felt great, I started putting well and the putts went in,” Cañizares said after the lowest round of his European Tour career. “It was a lot of fun, when golf is like this it’s easy.

“I think I played one of the best rounds I’ve played. I missed a couple of drives and from the fairway I missed one shot that cost me a bogey, but that was about it I think.”

Seve Benson, who was named after the late Seve Ballesteros, carded a flawless 63 that featured birdies at his last four holes as he looks to claim a first European Tour title in his 104th event.

“It felt pretty good to be honest,” the 27-year-old said. “It was so windy out there on the back nine pars were a good score, but I just managed to play the tough holes well and sink some putts.

“Capitalising on my chances is the big thing for me. I have been working really hard with my putting coach and it paid off today.

Defending Champ, Marcel Siem is seven strokes back at -3 under par after firing a 69 in the first round. The German got off to a slow start with book end birdies on the front nine with a double bogey at six. He warmed up on the back making five birdies before running into problems down the stretch. He finished bogey, par, bogey to card a 33 on the backside, and -3 under total.


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