When we talk about alternative sports we must talk about golf. After a hiatus of five weeks on the European Tour and the US Masters , which is now over and let us see Sergio Garcia finally getting what he always dreamed of, a major and a Green Jacket.
The European Tour will resume play this week with the Trophee Hassan II from the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco. The European Tour was off last week as the entire golf world was focused on The Masters at Augusta, Georgia.
Now we’re back in action at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco. It has thrown up some unpredictable winners in the last few years – Jeunghun Wang in 2016, Richie Ramsey in 2015, Alejandro Canizares in 2014, Marcel Siem in 2013, Michael Hoey in 2012 and David Horsey in 2011.
It has been a month since the Hero Indian Open and plenty of time for the middle rank of European Tour golfers to have a break and/or get in some work on the range before the schedule resumes this week at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.
The event returns to Rabat and Royal Golf Dar Es Salam a year on from Jeunhung Wang’s maiden success after getting the better of some tough weather conditions and Nacho Elvira in a sudden death play-off.
Wang has progressed rapidly since and will jet in to defend his crown following a missed cut at Augusta National (78-78).
This tournament became an official European Tour event in 201 with a full field ready to compete here once again in 2017. However, there will be some changes for this year’s event. After five straight years at the Golf du Palais, the tournament will change venues for the first time in six years. Scheduled as the first tournament following the Masters, it’s no surprise that there aren’t many big names competing this week. That means we will need to stick with the names we know with familiarity a key to handicapping this week’s field.
Jeung-hun Wang won his first title at this event a year ago when he beat Nacho Elvira in a playoff. Those two weren’t alone at the top of the leaderboard either as Robert Rock and Clemento Berardo both finished just one stroke back of those two. This year’s Trophee Hassan II should be another closely contested event with a new venue providing another shakeup to the overall outlook at this tournament.
Wang will be among the sports betting favorites to successful defend his title and win this even outright this week. However, it will be Dean Burmeester and Joost luiten listed ahead of him according to the sportsbook odds. Burmeester and Luiten are listed as co-favorites to win this event at +1600 odds. Meanwhile, Brandon Stone, Jordan Smith and James Morrison are all expected to be in the mix as well. Alejandro Canizares, who won this event in 2015, is listed among the sports betting long shots at +6000 odds to win outright. Handicapping this week’s field is easy at Heritagesports