Golf betting tips: Trophee Hassan II

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After the disappointment of Madeira we get the tips for the Moroccan staple

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After the farce that was Madeira last week it looks like we are in for a treat with this weeks Trophee Hassan II from the fabulous Golf du Palais Royal in Morocco. 

It definitely seems this in parts tree lined course which is exposed to the coastal breezes has become a bit of a horses for courses venue but with that goes the problem that all those players tend to be underpriced. 

Therefore I have looked for players who have form at similar courses such as East London, Durban, Royal Portrush, Oitavos Dunes, those used for the KLM Open, even the ill fated Santo de Serra course which was also designed by Trent Jones snr. 

Julien Quesne has been rather plagued by niggling injuries over the past few years but he remains a talented player who will add to his two European tour victories and this seems the ideal venue. He has plenty of top ten finishes at all the relevant venues including here and was 8th at East London two starts ago. He was only 37th on his only other start here in 2012 but that did come the week after his first European tour victory. He clearly likes golf in Morocco as we can see by his 9th here in 2013 but also a 2nd and 3rd on the Challenge Tour when it visited the country. £40 e/w 66/1.

Mark Tullo can’t boast the same level of form in Morocco but he has won the Egyptian Open in North Africa before. He also had a good finish at East London two starts ago when 10th to add to a 5th there in 2013. He has also been 2nd at Santo de Serra and 3rd on the links in the Scottish Open so can clearly play coastal breezy courses. At the price I think he is worth a small investment £20 e/w 150/1 + £10 180 Betfair.

My one pick from left field this week is Mikael Lundberg who has a big price tag considering he won just last June on tour. As for the corresponding courses he can boast a 5th at Royal Portrush (only derailed by a poor 3rd round), 4th Santo de Serra. 4th Oitavos Dunes. He has two wins on the tree lined Moscow course which was interestingly designed by Trent Jones Jnr and where last years winner Canizares secured his maiden tour win. His form here is nothing spectacular though he played well for the first three rounds on his debut when he putted really well. Putting seems to be key around here and Lundberg topped that category at East London two starts ago. £15 e/w 300/1 + £20 top 10 22/1 + £35 365 average Betfair.

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