RABAT, Morocco- Jorge Campillo, the Spanish golfer triumphed over a poor start in the fourth and final round before posting a 2-under 71 to win the Trophee Hassan II by two shots on Sunday. It ended a long wait for the 32-year-old Campillo, who clinched his first European Tour victory at the 229th attempt.
Campillo said that he was grateful, but it had been way too long and too many hours of work since he was a boy at that day. He was just proud that he could say he was a winner on the European Tour. He started the day one shot behind overnight leader Erik Van Rooyen, but the South African finished in a three-way tie for second place after a disappointing 1-over 74 featuring three bogeys and two birdies. Americans Julian Suri (71) and Sean Crocker (72) were tied with him for second place.
Campillo effectively sealed the win with consecutive birdies on holes 16 and 17 on the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course. He said it was tough, he was missing shots off the tee, but he had to put high. He was proud of the way he finished like a champion.
American David Lipsky finished four shots behind Campillo in fifth after an erratic 72 featuring six birdies and five bogeys. His round included three straight birdies on Nos. 7-9 and three consecutive bogies on Nos. 14-16. In the meantime, Campillo kept the new tradition going.
The game has never been won twice by the same player and has been part of the European Tour since 2010. Alexander Levy, the defending champion of France, had a miserable tournament, ending the game with a tie for 84th place at six over after missing the cut.