Trophee Hassan II 2017 Betting Preview

Mikko Korhonen (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Bet365
Robert Rock (ew)Tournament Winner100/1Bet365
Alexander Levy (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power


Designed by famed American course architect Robert Trent-Jones, the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam is just outside the city of Rabat on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. At almost 7,500 yards it’s a significant test of length, but there are other challenges too in the form of numerous dogleg fairways, raised greens and, on the signature par-three 9th, an island green surrounded by a lily pond in which flamingos are usually found wading. This course will stage the event for the second successive year, following Jeunghun Wang’s victory 12 months ago, having first held this tournament when Rhys Davies claimed the title back in 2010. Our 40/1 selection Robert Rock finished third last year – with another of our three picks Dean Burmester finishing 14th.


After the glamour of the Masters it’s back to the bread and butter of the European Tour and three players head the betting at odds of 18/1 with various firms. Brandon Stone, who won the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the end of last year and has already had a couple of top 10s in 2017, including at the Dubai Desert Classic, is the first of them and the second is Joost Luiten, who has been pretty consistent, finishing between 13th and 29th at his last seven stroke play tournaments. The third is Burmester, who climbed into the world’s top 100 for the first time after winning the Tshwane Open. Defending champion Wang is at 22/1 with Stan James as he looks for his second win of the year, having won the Qatar Masters as one of our selections. The rest of the field can be backed at odds of 33/1 or greater.


Mikko-KorhonenMIKKO KORHONEN has enjoyed some of the better moments of his career when the European Tour’s leading lights have been taking a rest, such as his second place at the Tshwane Open at the start of March. He was also seventh at the BMW SA Open in January, while he was third at the Portugal Masters at the end of last season. The Finn has missed just one cut in 13 appearances, posting 4 top 10s in that time – and finished 22nd here last year.

Robert_RockHaving cashed in on ROBERT ROCK earning a place at odds of 40/1 each-way last year it’s hard to ignore him this time around at 100/1 with Bet365. It’s true that his recent form hasn’t been great, but he finished T5 at the Portugal Masters back in October, where he had finished ninth the year before – and he also really appears to enjoy his visits to this course in Morocco, having finished in seventh here back in 2010. Bet365‘s 100/1 looks to be excellent each-way value.

Alexander_LevyALEXANDER LEVY flirted with the top 50 in the world rankings a couple of years ago, briefly getting himself as high as number 49, before a loss of form sent him spiralling back down to 183rd. However, victory at the European Open in September set him back on the right track and he is back in the top 100 after finishing fourth in Malaysia on his most recent outing. He looks a little big at 40/1 with Paddy Power.

Mikko Korhonen (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Bet365
Robert Rock (ew)Tournament Winner100/1Bet365
Alexander Levy (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power