Siem triumphs in Morocco
Last updated: 31st March 2013
Marcel Siem secured a three shot win at the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco on Sunday, finishing on 17 under par.
The 32 year old German overcame a slow start on the final round and fended off a challenge from Mikko Ilonen and David Horsey, who finished the tournament three shots back on 14 under par.
The win was Siem's third on the European Tour, but more significantly it has boosted his prospects of qualifying for next month's Masters tournament.
Siem needs to move into the top 50 on The Official World Golf Ranking to receive an invite to Augusta National but will have to wait and see how the likes of Henrik Stenson, Russell Henley and Charles Howell III fair at the Shell Houston Open, which finishes later on Sunday.
"That will be unbelievable," Siem told journalists after his impressive win in Morocco, having lead for most of the tournament.
"It's been my dream since I was a kid so if that comes true it will be unbelievable. It would be wonderful to play the Masters.
"I just want to be on that ground. I'm not going to cry but it would be very emotional," added the German golfer.
The Open de France winner started the day four clear but bogeyed the first and was caught when Ilonen had a hat-trick of gains from the second.
Siem responded with birdies at the fifth and seventh, the latter courtesy of a brilliant approach to three feet, but Ilonen - who recorded both his European Tour victories back in 2007 - matched the latter to remain within touching distance.
The gap was back to two when Ilonen bogeyed the long tenth - Siem had his own problems around the green there but escaped with a par.
The tournament turned decisively in the German's favour when he birdied the 11th from ten feet as Ilonen found sand from the tee at the short 12th, could only splash out into rough, chipped four feet past and missed the return putt.
Siem had a two-putt birdie at 15 and could even afford a couple of errant shots over the closing holes as he signed for a two-under-par 70 and 17 under par total.
Ilonen, who overcame a bout of food poisoning overnight, recovered from his mid-round slump with a pair of closing birdies to tie with England's 2011 winner David Horsey in second on 14 under.
"I'm super happy; really proud that I stayed that calm," said Siem.
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