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Canizares eyes more glory after Hassan win

SPAIN'S Alejandro Canizares was quick to target further success after cruising to a wire-to-wire victory in the Hassan Trophy yesterday, 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.

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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 said. "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."


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