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Marcel Siem wins by three shots in Morocco

AGADIR, Morocco - Marcel Siem of Germany shot a 2-under 70 to win the Hassan II Trophy by three strokes on Sunday.

Siem held off Finland's Mikko Ilonen and England's David Horsey, who both finished tied for second, and earned his third European Tour title with a 17-under 217.

The French Open champion was four shots ahead overnight but had a slow start with a bogey on the first hole. Three birdies from Siem and a mid-round slump from Ilonen gave him a decisive lead.

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Siem went into the event ranked 72nd in the world, knowing that a victory was likely his only chance of getting into the top 50 in the rankings and qualifying for the Masters. While the win in Morocco moved him to the cusp of the top 50, he fell short after Russel Henley finished with a 68 at the PGA's Houston Open. That will likely leave Siem at No. 51 when the new rankings are published on Monday.

"It would be wonderful to play the Masters," Siem said following the win in Morocco, not knowing the final result of the Houston Open. . "It's been my dream since I was a kid."

"I just want to be on that ground. I'm not going to cry but it would be very emotional."

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