April 21, 2018: Spain’s Alvaro Quiros will take a one stroke lead into the third round of Trophée Hassan II after carding a second round of 70, two under par, at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.
The 35 year old, who shared the overnight lead on five under par, struggled to find his rhythm at the start of the day. Birdies on the tenth, 12th and 14th holes were immediately cancelled out by bogeys on the 11th, 13th and 15th holes. However, the Spaniard made the turn two under par with birdies on the 17th and 18th holes.
He would remain on seven under par after two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine, holding a one-stroke advantage over Australia’s Andrew Dodt.
“Well, clearly the day was a completely different day in respect to yesterday, a little more windy. The early tee times are completely different, but in general, I guess the golf course is going to be playing more difficult than yesterday. So pleased to finish with the score that I have finished,” said Quiros.
Dodt carded the joint best round of the day on the Red Course in Rabat. After making the turn level par, he birdied the 11th, eagled eagled the 12th and then birdied the 14th hole to sign for a four under par round of 68 and a six under par total
South African Erik Van Rooyen carded a second round of 71 to move to five under par, while Austin Connelly and Bradley Dredge share fourth place on four under.
The French pair of Benjamin Hebert and Alex Levy are tied for sixth place alongside Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren and England’s Paul Waring on three under par.
“It wasn’t easy. Quite breezy, which made the course very different to yesterday. I played pretty solid, though, even though I was 2-over through five or six, I just kind of told myself to hang in there and try and hit fairways and greens, and I managed to do that on the back nine,” said Dodt.
Scores after round two:
137 A Quiros (Esp) 67 70,
138 A Dodt (Aus) 70 68,
139 E Van Rooyen (RSA) 68 71,
140 A Connelly (Can) 69 71, B Dredge (Wal) 67 73