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2016 Open de France: McIlroy hot on Jaidee’s heels

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 3 luglio 2016

Thongchai JaideeThongchai Jaidee will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the 100th Open de France after a dramatic third day at Le Golf National. After a horrendous start, Rory McIlroy salvaged a 70 to claim second spot at six-under, alongside Jeunghun Wang, and one shot clear of defending champion Bernd Wiesberger.The Thai carded the only bogey-free round of the day with a 68 that moved him to eight under and two clear of Rory McIlroy and Jeunghun Wang, who had contrasting rounds in Paris. All three men came into the day with a share of the lead at five under but Wang had opened up a four-shot cushion after seven holes while McIlroy turned in 40 to sit eight behind him. The Northern Irishman then roared back in ten fewer shots than he needed to play the front nine to sign for a 70, while Wang made three bogeys on his way home. Jaidee, by contrast, made birdies on the sixth, seventh and 11th with the minimum of fuss as he searches for an eighth European Tour title. Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger was at five under, two shots clear of Martin Kaymer, Joost Luiten, Alex Noren, Brandon Stone and Andy Sullivan. Wang birdied the second and then rolled in from six feet on the fourth and holed from the fringe on the fifth. A 30-foot effort on the seventh had the South Korean four shots clear and eight ahead of McIlroy who opened with a double-bogey and then dropped shots Mathieu Decottignies-Lafonon the third, seventh and eighth with a single gain on the fourth. Jaidee broke a run of five pars with a sensational 55-footer on the sixth and followed that with another birdie on the next. The Thai then put his tee-shot on the 11th to eight feet and rolled in the putt and when Wang failed to get on the 12th in two and produced a poor chip, Jaidee had reined him in. Further bogeys would follow on the 13th and 15th for Wang as McIlroy moved in the other direction.The World Number Four made gains on the 11th and 13th and then took advantage of some precision iron play with a hat-trick of gains from the 15th catapulting him back into contention. “I thought if I could get back to even par for the day, that was my goal after nine holes and I did one better than that, so I’m obviously very pleased,” he said. Two-time Major Championship winner Kaymer matched Jaidee with a 68 to set the early clubhouse target while Swede Noren carded a one under par 70. Dutchman Luiten’s round of 70 was matched by Sullivan who had an incredible finish as he eagled the last – the hardest closing hole on Tour last season – with a six iron from 187 yards. A double-bogey on the last from Stone saw him sign for a 73 and sit a shot clear of Lee Westwood, whose 67 was the low round of the day. Frenchman Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon had a brief share of third place after his fifth birdie of the day on the 12th, but experienced a nightmare finish when his approaches from the fairway on holes No. 15 and 18 found the water, resulting in double-bogeys. The 23-year-old had to settle for a one-over par 72 and a share of 17th place at level-par, but he remains the leading French player in this 100th edition of his national open. (photos: Thongchai Jaidee, Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon)

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2016 Open de France: McIlroy surges into share of Paris lead

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 luglio 2016

Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy stormed into a share of the second-round lead at the 100th Open de France with a brilliant five under par 66 at Le Golf National. The World No. 4 stands alongside Thongchai Jaidee, Mikko Ilonen, Brandon Stone and Jeunghun Wang. Adrien Saddier is the first Frenchman in thirteenth position. McIlroy battled to a level par 71 in the first round and admitted his swing was a “work in progress” as he attempted to rectify the issues that saw him miss the cut at the US Open two weeks ago. Barring a tee-shot into the water on the last, however, the World Number Four showed no signs of swing trouble on Friday.”Today was a good day,” said McIlroy. “I played well. I kept the ball in play, I drove it well, hit fairways, hit a lot of greens. That’s sort of what you need to do around this golf course. I putted well, I felt like I putted nicely. There were still a couple of putts that didn’t quite drop but it felt good out there. It’s nice to go into contention.” A second round 66, five under par, catapulted himself into a share of the lead alongside Mikko Ilonen, Thongchai Jaidee, Brandon Stone and Jeunghun Wang.That leading group has 28 European Tour wins between them, but with an elite field gathered in Paris as the Open de France becomes the first National Open in continental Europe to celebrate its centenary, the chasing pack was also formidable. Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger was atAdrien Saddie four under alongside Nicolas Colsaerts and Anders Hansen, with Joost Luiten, Francesco Molinari, Thomas Pieters and Andy Sullivan a further shot back. The diversity of the European Tour was on full display with eight different nations represented in the top eight spots on the leaderboard and there were 32 players within five shots of top spot.On the French side, Thursday’s unexpected hero Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon struggled to a two-over-par round of 73 and fell back in 18th position on minus one, alongside Alexander Levy who had a solid two-under 69. But the best Frenchman after two rounds is now Challenge Tour member Adrien Saddier, who had 17 pars and a single birdie in his second consecutive round of 70. The 24-year-old from Annemasse was delighted with his effort: “It was a little less windy today, which made things a bit easier, but I’m still very happy with my bogey-free round. It’s always nice to play on this course, which will host the Ryder Cup, in front of the French crowd.” Among the 66 players who made the cut at 3-over par, ten Frenchman qualified for the last two rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
Last but not least, a day after Dane Lucas Bjerregaard had a hole-in-one, Ireland’s Paul Dunne achieved the same feat on Friday, sinking a 198-yards, 4-iron shot into the cup at hole number 8!

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2016 Open de France: French stars hoping to taste success on home soil

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 giugno 2016

Rory McIlroyRyder Cup hero Victor Dubuisson began the season with a tie for fourth at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and although he is yet to threaten the upper echelons since, he feels his game is coming together, as indicates his ninth place finish last week at the ISPS Handa Global Cup on the Japan Golf Tour. “I didn’t play really well since the beginning of the season but, you know, that’s golf,” said the home favourite. “I feel like I’m playing better now. My driving is really good so then it is just about putting.” The Cannes-born player, who had his best result in his national open last year when he finished in a tie for twelfth, knows patience is the key to success on the Albatros course, the 2018 Ryder Cup venue: “It’s a tough course. Every shot you miss is at least a double-bogey here. It’s a lot of pressure on this course, and you know the scores are not going to be very low. Just focusing on hitting the fairway and greens.” Dubuisson has been paired for the first two rounds with World No. 4 Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland and Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello, and will begin his challenge at 8:20 am from the first tee on Thursday.Grégory Bourdy also arrives in some form with four consecutive top 20s under his belt, including a tie for 18that the U.S. Open, and the four-time European Tour winner is delighted a strong field has been assembled to boost the appeal of French golf. “It’s quite something the 100th edition. For me it’s one of my favourite tournaments, especially on this course,” he said. “It’s a beautiful course. A few good changes this year so I think it’s going to be a great Victor Dubuissonedition with a big field. Rory (McIlroy) is playing, Danny (Willett), Lee (Westwood). It’s a great field, a big tournament and it’s good for golf in France.” Bourdy will play his first two rounds alongside Englishmen Danny Willett, the Masters champion, and Lee Westwood, from the first tee at 1:20 pm on Thursday.
Mike Lorenzo-Vera knows he faces a big test this week at Le Golf National but he is determined to enjoy himself on home turf at the 100th Open de France. The flamboyant Frenchman made the cut at his home event for the first time in six attempts last year and he did it in some style, securing a top ten finish as Bernd Wiesberger took home the title. He arrives in Paris off the back of a top ten at the BMW International and with his other top ten finish this season coming on another difficult track at the Real Club Valderrama Open de España, Hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation, he is used to tough challenges. “I had a really good year last year,” he said. “I finished sixth and I was very happy but normally I miss the cut every time so I’m just going to try to keep those good memories here and try to have fun with the public because they are really nice to me. I’ll try to please them with my game. It tests everything. Your patience, your quality of striking, your driving, your putting, everything is under pressure here so you need to be a complete player to be able to do well here.” The Biarritz-born player will tee off from the 10th tee at 1:50 pm alongside Thai Thongchai Jaidee and England’s Tommy Fleetwood.A total of 26 French players will tee off in the 100th edition of the tournament, which is the oldest national open in Continental Europe and only the seventh in the world to reach this milestone. (photos: Rory McIlroy, Victor Dubuisson)

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2016 Open de France: Eight qualify for Continental Europe’s oldest national open

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 giugno 2016

golfThe two qualifying tournaments for the Open de France, which took place on Monday 20 June on the courses of Apremont and Courson near Paris, saw eight players book their spot for the 100th staging of the event, which will take place at Le Golf National near Versailles from 30 June to 3 July.For the twelfth consecutive year, a qualifying session for the Open de France was held, with eight spots up for grabs. With 150 players entered, two sessions were organised on Monday 20 June at Exclusiv Golf Apremont, North of Paris, and Exclusiv Golf Courson-Stade Français, South of the French capital. At the former, the four available spots were taken by Argentinean Tano Goya, Frenchman Frédéric Dauchez, England’s Craig Farrelly and Australia’s Dimitri Papadatos, who emerged victorious from a six-man sudden-death play-off. At the latter, the four tickets were booked by as many French golfers: Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon, amateur Jérémy Gandon, Alexandre Widemann and, after a four-man play-off, Franck Daux.These eight players will join a star-studded field from Thusday 30 June to Sunday 3 June on the famed Albatros course at Le Golf National, the 2018 Ryder Cup venue. A total of 24 French players already entered for their national open will face some of the world’s best, including four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland, 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett from England, two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer from Germany, 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell from Northern Ireland, as well as former World No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, both from England.(foto: golf)

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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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2016 Open de France: A much-awaited 100th edition

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 17 febbraio 2016

open de franceFrom 30 June to 3 July, Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines will host the Open de France, a feature tournament on the European Tour international schedule. A word-class field is expected on the remodeled Albatros course, which will host the 2018 Ryder Cup.
Ten years after celebrating its centenary, the Open de France is on the verge of its one hundredth edition. Played for the first time in 1906, the tournament is continental Europe’s oldest national open, and has been staged without interruption ever since, with the exceptions of the war periods (1915-19 and 1940-45). Part of the European Tour international schedule since its inception in 1972, it attracts every year the finest golfers from Europe and around the world, as shows its illustrious roll of honour.
From 30 June to 3 July, 156 players will compete for a € 3.5 million purse and vital points in the qualifying rankings for the Olympic Games (11-14 August) and the Ryder Cup (30 September-2 October). The main stars will be announced in the weeks and months to come, but a top-quality field is already expected to take on the new-look Albatros course. The Hubert Chesneau-designed layout will indeed reopen in the spring, after eight months of works aimed at making it fit for the Ryder Cup, the biennial contest between Europe’s 12 best players and their American counterparts, which it will play host to in two years and a half.Tickets to attend the 100th Open de France are on sale as of Tuesday 16 February on the tournament website (www.opendefrance.fr). Various options – daily tickets or multiple day packages – offering different levels of services – classic or premium – are available first for the French golf federation members, then for the general audience. Furthermore, during four periods of time between February and June, buyers will have the opportunity, via lottery draws, to be awarded special advantages such as Players Lounge access for two persons. More information on http://www.opendefrance.fr

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Mac masters Le Golf National

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 luglio 2013

Graeme McDowell won the Alstom Open de France to claim his third title of 2013 at Le Golf National before a 52,500 crowd.McDowell, who in his last eight tournaments has missed the cut five times and won the other three, carded a brilliant closing 67 at Le Golf National to finish nine under par, four clear of South Africa’s Richard Sterne, who had been only one behind until bogeys at the 16th and 17th allowed McDowell a victory march down the 18th fairway.Sterne eventually did well to par the 18th for a final round of 71 to make sure of outright second, with 2007 winner Graeme Storm and Spain’s Eduardo de la Riva a shot behind.McDowell missed the cut in last week’s Irish Open but reaped the rewards of staying on at Carton House over the weekend to work on his game, the first prize of €500,000 euros taking him within €30,000 of US Open Champion Justin Rose at the top of The Race to Dubai.”It’s very special after the last couple of months,” McDowell admitted.”It’s been a bit of a battle. It’s been a funny year. My game has not felt far away most weeks but I have missed a lot more cuts than normal and missing cuts hurts.”It certainly motivated me a lot the last few weeks. The US Open was a tough one to take and missing the cut in Ireland last week; it made me more hungry to want to be in positions like I was this afternoon.“To win a title as prestigious as the French Open over a course that I think is the best we play on The European Tour, is very special and something I will remember for a long time.”McDowell was quick to extol the virtues of Le Golf National as a Ryder Cup host venue, with the Versailles course set to host the biennal match between Europe and the United States in 2018.“It’s going to be a phenomenal venue come 2018,” he said. “I think the guys, Jean Van de Velde and his team, have done a fantastic job here. This golf course has got better and better every year and I think we are in for one of the greatest Ryder Cups of all time in a few years’ time, and I just hope I can be here for that.”

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