Peter Lawrie finished Thursday in Morocco with a round of 71 after he carded two birdies but dropped a shot on the par four third hole. Although a little loose through the first six holes Peter began to settle on the Royal Golf Dar es Salam to finish one under par at the Trophée Hassan II.
At the halfway point we were just the one shot over having stayed level for previous six consecutive holes to make it in 36 strokes. The home stretch saw pars all the way with a pair of birdies on 11 and 18. With Peter also seeing two putts slide by which could have really rattled the score board in our favour.
But a good day none the less even if no repeat of the 66 last time out in Rabat. All around us the news was mixed.
Kevin Phelan signing for a two under par round of 70 to trail the tournament leaders by just two strokes despite a triple bogey on the third hole.
Gary Hurley signed for a one under after losing a birdie on the back nine.
Paul Dunne finished his day with a level par 72 after dropping a shot on the homeward leg at seventeen.
Cormac Sharvin finished one over par with a 73 after a steady round that just saw him drop two shots with a birdie three on his second hole.
Michael Hoey the 2012 winner in Agadir saw hopes slip when he rounded the Rabat course in 77 strokes. After missing two cuts in China in Shenzen and then Beijing at the Volvo China Open – in as many weeks – Hoey would have been looking for inspiration in a return to Morocco.
Rory McNamara ended his first round +8 and signing for a round of 80.
Jason Scrivener and Francesco Laporta set the clubhouse target as golfing history was made on day one at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.
The European Tour and the Ladies European Tour playing at the same venue concurrently for the first time with the men playing the Red Course and the women playing the Blue Course 50 miles up the coast from Casablanca.
The European Tour was returning to the venue in Rabat for the first time since 2010 and the Red Course layout was proving a major test as Scrivener and Laporta carded four under par rounds of 68 to take a one-shot advantage over home favourite Younes El Hassani and Frenchman Adrien Saddier.