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NIreland's Hoey wins Hassan II Trophy by 3 shots


AGADIR, Morocco (AP) -Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland won the Hassan II Trophy by three strokes on Sunday, ending Matteo Manassero's bid to qualify for the Masters next month.

Hoey shot a 7-under 65 in the final round at the Golf du Palais Royal course to total 17-under 271.

Damien McGrane of Ireland, who either led or shared the lead for three rounds, shot a 70 to finish runnerup.

Jamie Donaldson of Wales set a course record of 61 to finish equal third, the highlight being an eagle at the last when he holed his approach shot. He was joined on 13 under by Robert Coles of England (67) and compatriot Phillip Price (69).

Hoey's fourth European Tour success, and his third in less than a year, earned him ?250,000 ($159,752) and lifted him from No. 65 to No. 14 on the Race to Dubai money list.

"This is my second win in Morocco as I won on the Challenge Tour in Casablanca in 2008 so it's nice to come back and win here in Agadir and to have the Prince (Moulay Rachid) hand me the trophy," Hoey said.

"The golf course was very enjoyable and to shoot 67 on day two and then finish with two 65s is simply amazing."

McGrane, unlike Hoey, had been unable to complete his third round on Saturday and returned early Sunday to play the final eight holes before embarking on his final round.

"It was a long week and tough week for me as I had been top of the leaderboard all week long," he said. "It was draining especially as I am not used to leading for three rounds but I managed to grab second on my own and while I am pleased with second, I am also a bit disappointed."

Manassero went into the event needing to win to break into the top 50 in the world rankings to make his pro debut at the Masters, which starts April 5. He went into the final round tied for the lead on 12 under, but faltered to shoot a 72 for a share of sixth place.

The Italian, who competed in the 2009 Masters as the British amateur champion, bogeyed No. 1 and double-bogeyed No. 8 to end his hopes of playing at Augusta.

"I played really well this week and I didn't put myself out of trying to get to Augusta right up to the last few holes," he said. "Of course, I would have loved to be going to Augusta for a first time as a professional but I will go now to Sicily this week and concentrate on winning the Sicilian Open."

Defending champion David Horsey of England hit a 66 to be tied for 14th place on 9 under.

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