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Stephen Ames completes wire-to-wire win at the Trophy Hassan II in Morocco

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Stephen Ames parred all 18 holes Saturday to complete a wire-to-wire win on the Trophy Hassan II in Rabat, Morocco.

Its the third profession Champions Tour title for the 58-year-old Canadian, who completed 5 photographs forward of runner-up Mark Hensby of Australia.

Ames carded a 73 within the third spherical at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam to complete the match at 9-under 210.

Hensby bought inside one shot after a birdie on the tenth gap, however missed a brief birdie putt at No. 12 that might have tied for the lead. He double-bogeyed every of his subsequent two holes and ended up with a 2-over 75 for Saturday.

I knew all people else needed to catch me, Ames mentioned. I performed the sport I wanted — put the ball in play. I had alternatives however did not make any. Sadly, Mark faltered with two double bogeys.

Hensbys solo second was his greatest end in 11 begins on the Champions Tour.

I hit a very nice putt there [at No. 12], and it simply did not go in, Hensby mentioned. And it was unlucky I simply could not put sufficient stress on Stephen at the moment as a result of that was the time the place I feel that issues might have modified, particularly Id have been tied then.

4 gamers tied for third, ending one shot behind Hensby at 3 beneath; Australias Richard Inexperienced (70 on Saturday), Paul Stankowski (71), Swedens Robert Karlsson (74) and Brett Quigley (74). Inexperienced was making his tour debut.

It feels superior, Inexperienced mentioned. It seems like a protracted profession and possibly some deserved outcomes round this course. I got here right here for a very long time with the European Tour and performed. By no means actually performed that nicely, however had some robust days, and I really feel like this week has been a little bit of a reward for persistence. Form of understanding the course slightly bit early on within the week, that it was a golf course that you simply wanted to simply grasp in there.

Just one participant managed to interrupt 70 on Saturday. Spains Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 4-under 69 to complete in a tie for seventh place at 2 beneath with Scotlands Colin Montgomerie (72).

Ames opened the match Thursday with a 6-under 67 that included eight birdies. He picked up his first win because the 2021 Principal Charity Basic.

Everyone is aware of it is a robust golf course, Ames mentioned. Takes plenty of persistence, and there was plenty of persistence happening for me this week. I am ecstatic in regards to the win. It strikes me ahead properly.

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