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Trophee Hassan II 2014: Daily Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
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The European Tour moves on to Morocco's Golf du Palais Royal course for the Trophee Hassan II this week, following on from the recent Cadillac Championship in Florida.

This fifth annual edition of the tournament sees Marcel Siem aim to defend his trophy on "a pure links course, with its bumpy fairways built on sand, and its greens sitting on formidable slopes," as described by the European Tour website.

Siem is an admirer of the tournament due to its unique location—situated right next to the Atlantic Ocean—and the esteemed grounds in which it takes place, as revealed to the European Tour's online coverage prior to the competition's start:

"Playing inside the palace walls also gives it a special feel to the week, so when you put all that together you can see why the players love the event so much," said Siem. "It feels like a real privilege to play the king's course."

The German will be aiming to once again capture the €1,500,000 prize against challengers including George Coetzee, Ross Fisher, Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Chris Wood.

Siem is yet to land victory during the current European season and will be particularly wary of Fisher's recent form, which saw the Englishman crowned champion during South Africa's Tshwane Open at the beginning of the month.

Last year's winner joined Rhys Davies (2010), David Horsey (2011), Michael Hoey (2012) as victors since the tournament gained European Tour status in 2010, with the leading scores finishing at -25, -13, -17 and -17, according to Dave Tindall of Sky Sports.

The contest runs from March 13-16. Be sure to stick with Bleacher Report for the latest updates, rankings and tidbits.

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