Campillo wins in Morocco to end long wait for European Tour triumph

Spain’s Jorge Campillo finally converted for his maiden European Tour win in the Trophee Hassan II

Spain’s Jorge Campillo finally converted for his maiden European Tour win in the Trophee Hassan II

The Spaniard made the $2.8 million Trophée Hassan II a personal milestone by winning the tournament by two shots.

The European Tour now plays the Volvo China Open in Shenzhen. Players who pledge allegiance to Old Glory came close, though. Three U.S. citizens finished in the top five.

Wade Ormsby has finished best of the Australians at the European Tour's Trophee Hassan 11 tournament at the Royal Golf Club in Dar Es Salam in Morocco, the South Australian sharing 14th place behind victor Jorge Campillo of Spain after a disappointing final round of 77. The Madrid native finished nine-under-par 283 in Morocco, two shots ahead of Erik Van Rooyen and a pair of Americans, Julian Suri and Sean Crocker. Another of Uncle Sam's nephews, David Lipsky, was alone in fifth. He won the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Kurt Kitayama has two victories, the Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open and Oman Open.

Campillo fell off the pace with two bogeys on his first three holes, but pulled one back with a birdie on the eighth hole.

Crocker was looking for his first European Tour win after gaining his card for the main tour by finishing top 15 on last year's European Challenge Tour.

"And for me to be bogey-free in the final round to maintain that sort of composure is definitely something first for this year, so it's definitely a trend I'd like to keep going forward". He moved from 118 on the money list to 41 and needs to finish inside the top 110 at the end of the year to retain full status for next year.

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Campillo turned professional in 2009 after an excellent amateur career that included Big Ten Golfer of the Year while attending Indiana University.

The Spaniard, playing his 229 event, had previously been a runner-up on six occasions, including two second-place finishes in consecutive weeks last month. So he was due a W.

"It's hard to describe", said Campillo.

"I just love the game, I love competing". It has taken me a while (to win a trophy), but it is all worth it now. "I know that my game's not far away, so it's really encouraging".

Another three-putt from the South African handed Campillo the outright lead on the 14th, and although Suri quickly joined him it would not be for long as the eventual victor converted from 10 feet for birdie on the 16th, and picked up a second shot in a row just a hole later.

"I didn't start as good as I would like, missing shots". I'm proud of the way I finished, I finished like a champions I guess.

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