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Siem seals victory in Morocco

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Marcel Siem managed to secure victory despite having his overnight lead cut © Getty Images
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Trophee Hassan II leaderboard

Marcel Siem sealed victory at the Trophee Hassan II after finishing three shots ahead of Englishman David Horsey and Mikko Ilonen, leading from the beginning of the tournament to record his first ever wire-to-wire European Tour victory.

The German topped the leaderboard throughout the event and came into the final round with a four-stroke advantage.

However, his lead was cut to just one shot by Finland's Ilonen, but parity was soon restored as Siem put his foot on the gas on the back nine holes to capture the title by finishing 17-under-par for the event.

"I'm super happy; really proud that I stayed that calm," said Siem. "There was a lot of pressure - Mikko [Ilonen] had a great start again - so I'm really happy that I scrambled well and came back nicely."

Siem, the first German to win the Trophee Hassan II since the tournament began in 1971, paid tribute to countryman Bernhard Langer after speaking to him prior to his fourth round.

"I've never been in that situation so I spoke to Bernhard [Langer] last night to see if he could give me some advice on how to cope with being four shots in the lead, so thanks Bernhard," Siem said.

Depending on the final result at the Shell Houston Open, victory in Morocco could see current world No. 72 Siem break into the top 50, meaning he would gain a debut automatic invitation to The Masters on April 11.

"That will be unbelievable," Siem said when asked about a potential invite to Georgia. "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."

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