Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 316

2016 Open de France: a truly exceptional field!

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 giugno 2016

Open de FranceWith only three weeks to go until the Open de France, which will take place from 30 June to 3 July at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, it only takes a glance at the entry list to see how exceptional is the field gathered for the tournament’s 100th staging. Unveiled one by one during the last few months, the leading stars at the Open de France are already well-known. On top of them all, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, the World No. 3 and a four-time Major champion, will undoubtedly draw the most of the attention. Among his main rivals, Danny Willett from England, the recently-crowned Masters champion at Augusta National, will feature as the No. 1 challenger considering his ninth position in the Official World Golf Ranking.Other Major winners will appear in Continental Europe’s oldest national open championship, such as German Martin Kaymer and Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell. These two players have both lifted the Stoïber Cup, presented to the Open de France champion: the former back in 2009, the latter two times in a row in 2013 and 2014. Veterans Darren Clarke from Northern Ireland, Y.E. Yang from South Korea, Paul Open de France1Lawrie from Scotland and Mike Weir from Canada, all of whom boast one Major title to their résumé, will be joined by three-time Major champion Padraig Harrington from Ireland.Multiple Ryder Cup winners over the last two decades, the likes of McIlroy, Clarke, Harrington, Lawrie, McDowell and Kaymer will reunite, on the Albatros course which will be played for the first time in Ryder Cup configuration after ten months of improvement works, with a host of their former European teammates. This illustrious list includes Englishmen Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Ross Fisher and David Howell; Swedes Robert Karlsson, Niclas Fasth and Peter Hanson; Dane Thomas Bjørn, Scotsman Stephen Gallacher, Welshman Jamie Donaldson, Italian Francesco Molinari, Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, who will spearhead the local challenge alongside Alexander Levy, Grégory Bourdy, Julien Quesne and Gary Stal, among others. Only England’s Ian Poulter, who was set to return to the Open de France, is likely to miss the tournament due to a foot injury.One must also acknowledge the presence of a few members of the World’s Top 50, among the most promising ones: Englands’s Chris Wood, the winner of the recent BMW PGA Championship; fellow countrymen Matthew Fitzpatrick, the Nordea Masters champion, and Andy Sullivan, a three-time winner on the 2015 Race to Dubai. Add also Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat, a two-time winner last season; Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Dane Søren Kjeldsen, who both enjoyed an excellent first half of the season; young Swede David Lingmerth, the 2015 Memorial champion on the U.S. PGA Tour, and of course French Open defending champion Bernd Wiesberger from Austria. (photo: Open de France)

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