Greetings from Morocco. It's day three of the Hassan II Golf Trophy, and it is starting to get exciting. The first three days of the Hassan II have been the Pro-Am rounds. Each day the pros play two rounds with three Pro-Am partners, but the pros' scores count toward their overall total. On day four, only the pros play.
On day three, Mark O'Meara played with three talented young men. Before his morning tee time, I had a chance to talk to him. O'Meara said that this is his second time at this event and that he really loves it. He finds this Robert Trent Jones course very beautiful because of the many cork trees lining the fairways. He is already looking forward to next year's tournament.
By the end of the day, Ernie Els was the overall leader (surprise, surprise). Els has been the largest draw of the Hassan II, with the biggest gallery following him on every hole. His lead was due to several brilliant shots on the back nine. During a press conference, he said that he is looking into some pieces of property in Morocco to build a course.
The young Russian phenom Maria Verchenova on the 17th, where she made eagle. That put her one off the lead at the end of the day's play.
She said that she would love to come and play on the LPGA, but she has not found a sponsor yet.
Tonight the Prince of Morocco is hosting a black-tie gala. The invitation is very fancy and clearly states "NO CAMERAS." Dedicated reporter that I am, I'm willing to risk life and limb to try and get my camera in. Wish me luck! Before I go, here's a sunset over the buildings of Rabat.
Check back soon for end of the tournament coverage, more on Morocco and the lovely city of Rabat.