Frittelli to come creepin' up the backstairs at the Trophee Hassan II
- 03 May 2016
Trophee Hassan II Betting Preview
The Trophee Hassan II is the feature event on the European Tour this week but in truth we are looking at a weak field for this tournament in Morocco. Alexander Levy is an extremely short-priced favourite for a tournament that returns to the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat for the first time since 2010 and we prefer to take a chance on a couple of players who make great each-way appeal in favourable company.
- Alejandro Canizares won the Trophee Hassan in 2014
- Gregory Bourdy has finished no worse than T31st in his last 3 starts worldwide
- Andrew Johnston makes his first appearance since winning the Spanish Open
|5th May - 8th May||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
Trophee Hassan II
| Gregory Havret (each way)
|@ 33 / 1|
|Dylan Frittelli (each way)||@ 40 / 1|
The Market Leaders
The event has only been part of the European Tour since 2010, when it was first held in Rabat, before it moved to Agadir from 2011 onwards. The change in venue ensures that there is little form to go on when looking for players who have thrived on the 7,487 yard Red Course, although we fancy that accuracy off the tee and a good week with irons in hand will be the order of the day.
Rhys Davies won the title here six years ago but he hasn't quite built on that success and he returns to Morocco as a 90/1 outsider. It is Alexander Levy who heads into this year's renewal as a 14/1 favourite (Betfred) as he bids to win a third title on the European Tour, albeit that price appears to be based on his tie for 4th at the Shenzhen and it makes little appeal.
Likewise, Alejandro Canizares and his 16/1 price as the Spaniard may have won the Trophee Hassan in 2014 but he has hardly been prolific to justify such short odds. The same can be said of Gregory Bourdy (22/1) as he looks to build on a run of three successive top-31 finishes on the tour.
Of more appeal is perhaps Andrew Johnston as he makes his first appearances since winning the Spanish Open and the 25/1 shot (SkyBet) should enjoy it here, albeit he will have to hit the ground running following a few weeks off.
The First Selection
Our first pick for the week is Frenchman Gregory Havret though as he has the benefit of experience of playing the Red Course as he tied 31st in a minor event here in 2002 and he also tied 15th here in 2010. Havret is just the sort of player who should enjoy this course on current form as he has ranked inside the top-ten for driving accuracy in each of his past five starts where he has made the weekend, while he is always good with irons in hand. A tie for 13th in China on Sunday was his third top-fifteen finish for the year (top-tenned in Thailand and India) and he can thrive as a 33/1 shot in a weak field here (Betfred.com).
Creepin' Up The Backstairs
Our second selection for what is a tricky betting heat is Dylan Frittelli and it perhaps bodes well that South Africans have performed well here in the past, with Louis Oosthuizen and Thomas Aiken both going close to winning the Trophee Hassan here in 2010. It is a venue that could suit the in-form 25-year-old, who has been performing admirably in various appearances in South Africa and Australia, racking up four top-seven finishes in his last six starts. He ranked first for driving accuracy at the Tshwane Open earlier this year (finished T14th) and we fancy Frittelli is worthy of each-way attention in this field (40/1 with Betfred).