18th April 2017
It was another positive week for the #TeamMBP golfing contingent on the European Tour with Chris Hanson, Jordan Smith and Duncan Stewart all enjoying strong showings in the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.
Four solid rounds from Duncan saw him end the week with a T27 finish, continuing his impressive recent form, while Chris and Jordan battled it out at the top of the leader board – eventually returning T6 and T8 placed finishes respectively.
Having enjoyed an extended break through late March and early April; Chris, Jordan, Duncan and John Parry made their way to Morocco last week as the European Tour returned to action following the excitement of The Masters the week previously.
Unfortunately for John, his week did not start smoothly recording a seven-under par opening round after which John returned home following news of a family emergency.
Scotsman Stewart was the pick of the MB Partners clients across a low scoring-day one, as his one-under par opening round placed him in T14 overnight. The 32-year-old replicated this feat on the second day, making the cut comfortably sitting in T11 at the week’s halfway stage.
Duncan was unable to record a third successive under-par round on moving day, but kept in touch with the leading pack as a one-over par round left him in T22 heading into the final day. Sunday’s final round saw the Scottish golfer return a level par score to finish the week on one-under par in T27. The result continued Stewart’s recent good form and represented his third top-thirty finish of the year following his progression from the Challenge Tour in 2016.
Jordan Smith entered the week’s events in Morocco looking to improve his impressive standing on the Race to Dubai and set off in solid fashion with a level-par opening round. Four bogeys on the second day led to a scare for Smith as he made the cut by a single shot, placed in T59 on two-over par at the midpoint of the week.
The latter half of the week represented an excellent comeback for the young English golfer who surged up the leader board to eventually claim a top-ten finish. Moving day meant exactly that for the Wiltshire-based golfer as a three-under par third round saw him climb 37 places up the pack into T22.
Smith replicated his third-round exploits on the final day as another three-under par round saw him close the week in T8 on four-under par. A superb final two day’s play saw the 24-year old claim his third European Tour top-ten finish of the season and rise to 30th position on the Race to Dubai rankings.
The week’s top performance though went to Huddersfield-based Chris Hanson who claimed a season’s best T6 finish in Morocco. A one-over par first round was followed up with a storming three-under par second day which lifted the Yorkshireman into T11 at the cut.
The 31-year-old gained another shot on moving day as he entered the final day’s play on three-under par, placed in T11. Sunday’s round brought further success for Chris as a two-under par final round lifted him to a T6 finish on five-under for the week. Morocco clearly represents a happy hunting ground for Hanson, as he recorded a T5 finish in last year’s Trophee Hassan II as well!
MB Partners’ Head of Golf, Duncan Maxim, was understandably delighted with how the week had gone for his European Tour contingent.
“This was a very proud week from all at MB Partners. It was great to see both Chris and Jordan record top 10 finishes in Morocco. Sometimes a course can just suit a player’s eye, and Morocco certainly is one for Chris! Jordan showed fantastic resolve after a slight wobble in round 2, but if you look back at his Challenge Tour campaign, he had quite a few events where he made the cut on the number, then surged into the top 15 which shows huge grit and determination.”
“I’ve been very impressed with Duncan Stewart’s recent form, a special mention must go out to Hugh Marr, who has been working with him for the past few events. They have started to build a solid relationship which bodes very well for the rest of the season.”
“I’m looking forward to both Seve and Curtis getting underway on the Challenge Tour in Turkey this week, I know they are both raring to go.”
Next week represents another hectic one on the golfing front; as Jordan, Chris and Duncan head to China for the Shenzhen International while Seve Benson and Curtis Griffiths are in Challenge Tour action in the Turkish Airlines Challenge.