Siem leads by 3 after first round

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Marcel Siem acknowledges the crowd after holing a bunker shot on hole No. 18.
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AGADIR, Morocco (AP)

Marcel Siem of Germany holed two eagles to shoot an 8-under-par 64 Thursday and lead by three strokes after the opening round of the Euorpean Tour's Hassan II Trophy.


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The French Open champion also made five birdies on the Golf du Palais Royal course, finishing eagle, birdie on the last two holes in better afternoon conditions following a windy morning.

The 72nd-ranked Siem needs to enter the world's top 50 by Sunday to earn his first invitation to the Masters from April 11-14.

Alvaro Velasco of Spain is second after making four birdies on the back nine for a 67.

English trio David Horsey, Graeme Storm and Simon Wakefield each shot 68.

''It was one of those days when you go out there on a really tough golf course and the wind is blowing 20-30 mph and you really don't expect to finish on 4 under,'' Wakefield said.

Horsey, the 2011 champion, and Wakefield had six birdies each. Storm holed an eagle on No. 17 before bogeying the last hole.

''Obviously, I had the win here two years ago, and I do feed off a lot of those good feelings from that,'' Horsey said. ''It is a great golf course that is different to what we usually play with a lot of run-offs and raised greens.''

Defending champion Michael Hoey of Northern had a 74, including a double-bogey on No. 7.

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