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2016 Open de France: Jaidee eases to victory in Paris

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 luglio 2016

Thongchai JaideeThongchai Jaidee claimed his eighth European Tour title as he cruised to a comfortable victory at the 100th Open de France. Francesco Molinari finished second for the third time in six years, while Rory McIlroy had to settle for third place.The Thai was a picture of consistency over the weekend at Le Golf National, carding two consecutive rounds of 68 to get to 11 under thanks to a run of 39 bogey-free holes, and claiming a four-shot triumph over Italy’s Francesco Molinari, who carded the low round of the day with a 66. World Number Four Rory McIlroy finished at six under with a closing 71 and Brandon Stone, Alex Noren, Callum Shinkwin and Richard Sterne earned their places at the Open Championship by finishing in the top 12.Jaidee’s victory marks the first time that the European Tour has had seven Asian victories in the same season, with the 46 year old also becoming the oldest winner in Open de France history, beating 2010 champion Miguel Angel Jiménez by 58 days. He came into the final day with a two-shot lead and extended that to five on three occasions as the chasing pack failed to put him under any great pressure and a closing bogey on the toughest hole on Tour last year failed to take the gloss off a fine victory. “I’m very happy to have my family here this week together and also really happy to win the tournament here,” he said. “I know the golf course is fantastic. I’ve been here many, many years and I think especially this week, it’s a special week for me to win the tournament out here. Sometimes you need one perfect week. You can’t do well every week. This week is my perfect week because I didn’t miss much. Anything I missed, I found I could lay up and make a good shot and make par and that’s it.”Molinari made the early charge with a run of four birdies from the third while Martin Kaymer birdied the second after a brilliant tee-shot to close range and added another on the fifth. Jaidee was going about his business with the minimum of fuss and he rolled his third shot from the fringe to within tap-in range on the par five third and then birdied the sixth for the fourth time this week as he put his approach to four feet. When Molinari bogeyed the ninth the lead was five shots but Kaymer set about cutting that gap with a beautiful putt down the slope on the eighth and he made another gain on the tenth after a smart par save at the turn.
Jaidee birdied the 11th and bogeys on the 12th, 14th and 15th saw Kaymer’s challenge fade while Molinari recovered with a birdie-birdie finish to claim second place. Andy Sullivan looked like he would be the man to make a late charge as he birdied the 12th, 14th, 15th and 16th to cut the gap to three shots but a bogey on the 17th coupled with a Jaidee birdie on the 15th re-established the five-shot cushion with three holes to play. Rafa Cabrera Bello carded a closing 67 to claim fourth place on five under, a shot clear of Kaymer, Stone and Sullivan who all finished with rounds of 70. Noren was then alone at three under, a shot clear of Shinkwin and Joost Luiten, with Sterne in the group at one under after a bogey-bogey finish failed to deny him a place at Royal Troon. With rounds of 71 and 70 respectively, Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon and Julien Quesne tied for sixteenth and shared the honor of ranking as the leading French players. (photo: Thongchai Jaidee)

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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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