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Siem’s Win Not Enough For A Place At The Masters
Marcel Siem led from the start to win the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco but it wasn’t enough to confirm a debut appearance at the Masters.
Siem finished on 17-under in Agadir, Morocco, ahead of David Horsey of England and Finland’s Mikko Ilonen, both on 14- under. It was Siem’s third win on the European Tour.
The German overcame a shaky start to the final round, when his four-shot lead was quickly erased by Mikko Ilonen, before eventually prevailing by three strokes. The victory looked to be enough to earn Siem a spot at Augusta, however he was kept out of the top 50 world golf rankings because of Russell Henley's finish in Houston on Sunday. Siem’s hopes were dashed when American Russell Henley carded a closing 68 to finish joint 45th and drop from 49th to 50th in the rankings.
Henley, already in the Masters thanks to winning the Sony Open in January, has a points average of 2.37 compared to 2.34 for Siem who missed out by just 0.03 world ranking points despite yesterday’s win.