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Spaniard Alejandro Canizares seals Hassan Trophy win

Updated: Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 18:08 | Comments

Alejandro Canizares holds the winner's trophy
Alejandro Canizares holds the winner's trophy

Spain's Alejandro Canizares was quick to target further success after cruising to a wire-to-wire victory in the Hassan Trophy on Sunday, his first European Tour title since 2006.

Canizares took a six-shot lead into the final round at Golf du Palais Royal in Agadir and carded a closing 70 to finish 19 under, five clear of England's Andy Sullivan.

Sullivan charged through the field with a brilliant 63, the 26-year-old from Nuneaton covering the back nine in just 29, including birdies at the final four holes.

England's Seve Benson birdied the 18th to claim a share of third place with Sweden's Magnus A Carlsson, who had completed a 68 by holing from off the green on the last for par after a left-handed escape shot from the trees.

Canizares, whose previous victory came in the Russian Open on his third start as an affiliate member, would have won by a greater margin if not for a piece of bad luck on the 18th, where his approach rolled back off the green and up against a clump of turf from a divot that had not been replaced.

The 31-year-old was told by a referee he was not allowed to move the turf and succeeded in moving the ball only a few yards with his third shot before it again rolled back down the slope almost to his feet.

From there he duffed his next pitch but at least allowed himself a wry smile before eventually getting up and down for a double-bogey six.

"It was a pity it ended like that, but who cares? I won the tournament so I am very happy," Canizares told Sky Sports.

"It's a special moment. I can't wait to get back home to celebrate with friends and family.

"It's been a long time since the last win. It felt like it was never coming but this week I played great, some of the best golf of my career. I hit good shot after good shot and kept my focus.

"I was very accurate and solid with my irons. I left myself lots of chances and although I did not make all of them, the first day was the key. I putted great the first day, shot 10 under and just kept pushing on.

"Hopefully this is the first step for a little bit of improvement in my career. I have some stuff to work on and hopefully I improve little by little to the point where I can play golf as naturally as I did this week."

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