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European Tour: Alejandro Canizares Leads Troph'ee Hassan II

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Sunday play has started at The Troph’ee Hassan II, and Spaniard, Alejandro Canizares is maintaining a five-shot lead over Britain’s Seve Benson. Canizares is one over par in the final round at The Golf du Palais Royal in Agadir, Morroco but looks to be cruising to a win. The 31 year-old from Madrid got in the clubhouse on Saturday with a -3 under 69, but got some help from Benson, who carded a 74 on Moving Day.

Canizares traded a bogey at the 4th hole on Saturday for a birdie at five, and made the turn at even par. He would make three birdies early on the back, and hang on for the big 54-hole lead. Benson was cruising but a double bogey six at the par three 12th hole, and a bogey at 18 derailed the youngster named after Seve Ballesteros.

Alejandro Canizares hasn’t won on the European Tour since 2006. He is currently ranked 141st in Official World Golf Rankings, and is 51st in Race To Dubai standings. He played his collegiate golf he in the US at Arizona State.

The Spaniard, who won on only his third European Tour start in 2006 but has not added a second title in almost 200 attempts since, began the day one clear of England’s Seve Benson

Defending champion at The Troph’ee Hassan II, Marcel Siem hung around the leaderboard through the first two rounds, but played his way out of the tournament on Saturday with a three over 75. Siem was pushing in 2013 in attempt to make the field at the Masters. It gave him a spot in the Valero Texas Open with a chance to go to Augusta, but he came up short in San Antonio.

Source: EuropeanTour.com

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