Davies wins first European Tour title
Monday, January 31, 2011
RABAT, Morocco – Rhys Davies of Wales earned his first European Tour title on Sunday, winning the Trophee Hassan II by two strokes over Louis Oosthuizen after shooting a 7-under 66.
Davies bogeyed the second hole, but then had eight birdies in 11 holes on the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course to finish at 25 under.
“I’m a little bit lost at the moment. This is all completely surreal to me,” the 24-year-old Davies said. “It’s all a bit of a blur. I just kept focusing on hitting the ball as close to the flag as I could and holing every putt and I nearly did just about that.”
Thomas Levet of France, Ignacio Garrido of Spain, Mikko Ilonen of Finland and Thomas Aiken of South Africa were tied for third at 18 under.
Oosthuizen, the overnight leader, shot a 70 after beginning the day with a two-shot lead on Davies. The South African was also seeking his first European Tour win.
Despite an eagle at No. 12 that put him back in front, Oosthuizen faltered down the stretch had to be content with his fourth runner-up finish.
“I am disappointed, of course,” he said. “I just struggled with my irons all day. I didn’t put the ball close enough to the pin in order to give myself chances. Rhys played brilliantly, so congratulations to him.”