Trophée Hassan II 2017 odds
The Trophée Hassan II is a major golf tournament on the European Tour and has been for some time. The event started life on the European Tour in 2010 and was played at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, in Morocco. Since then, the event has been played at Golf du Palais Royal, before returning to Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in 2016, which will also be the venue for the tournament in 2017. The Trophée Hassan II 2017 will be played between the 13th and 16th April.
The tournament is a special event in Morocco and for the European Tour, as it is hosted by His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid. The tournament was named after his father, Hassan II, who served as King of Morocco.
Although the tournament has only been part of the European Tour since 2010, it has a long history as an invitation event. Previous winners include Lee Trevino, Vijay Singh, Nick Price, Colin Montgomerie, Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els. The defending champion is South Korea’s Wang Jeung-hun, who won via a playoff last year, to claim a maiden career victory. It was a thrilling end to the tournament, as Wang holed three tremendous putts on the 18th green to see off Spain’s Nacho Elvira.
Interestingly, at 5 under par, it was the highest score to win the Trophée Hassan II, since it has been part of the European Tour. The previous year, all be it at a different course, Richie Ramsay won the tournament with a score of 10 under par. So, what are the odds of Wang Jeung-hun becoming the first person in the history of the tournament to defend his title?
The Trophée Hassan II will be the first European Tour tournament following the conclusion of the Masters. Therefore, it is difficult to pick out specific names as contenders without knowing who will be participating and who will be in form or suffered a setback following the first major of the season.
What we do know, is the golf course features tree-lined fairways and bent-grass greens, which are small and undulating. The greens have a reputation for running quite slow and Wang made some seriously long putts in winning the play-off last year. This suggests, unless a player is on fire with the putter, their approach play must be accurate if they are to challenge at the top of the leaderboard. So, you may want to look at the statics for greens in regulation ahead of this tournament, as good iron play could be the difference between winning and losing.
Furthermore, since the Trophée Hassan II has become part of the European Tour, a European based golfer has won the event in all but one year. This doesn’t have a great baring on who to pick when placing a bet on this tournament, especially as a South Korean triumphed in 2016 but it is worth keeping in mind when considering potential winners.
So, check out the odds for the Trophée Hassan II at Nicerodds and analyse the green in regulation statistics, as your winner is likely to come from someone close to the top of that list.