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Golf Australia Express : Issue 28
March 22-25 March 22-25 THIS WEEK’S European event will be fit for a prince. A Moroccan prince. Held at the impressive Robert Trent Jones designed Golf du Palais Royal, the Trophee Hassan II continues the diverse spread of the European Tour’s schedule across the globe. Now in its third year as a European Tour event, it was founded by the late King Hassan II in 1971. The event fulfills his vision of bringing many of the world’s finest exponents of the game to Morocco, with legendary names such as Billy Casper, Lee Trevino, Vijay Singh, Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance, Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els all lifting the trophy over the years. Played in the palace grounds belonging to King Mohammed VI, the 124-man lineup will battle for the lion’s share of the €1.5 million prize purse as well as the magnificent jewel-encrusted gold dagger presented to the champ. OTG Golf du Palais Royal, Agadir, Morocco Purse: €1,500,000 Defending Champ: David Horsey (ENG) THE EVENT THE DEFENDER - David Horsey ENGLAND’S DAVID Horsey will try to revive his season after a poor start as he defends his 2011 Trophee Hassan II title this week. The 26-year-old, who won last year after a three- man playoff with 2010 champion Rhys Davies and Jaco Van Zyl, hasn’t faired better than T16 this year—that was at the Volvo Golf Champions in January. His form might nit warrant any favourtism, but these pros seem to take great pride in defending a title. What’s happening on the European Tour this week PEEK THETHE