Pierre Pinault, The wind in its sails …

Among the 29 French who entered this week on the National Golf Course for the French Open, the first since Belgian Nicolas Colcerts’ victory in October… 2019, Pierre Pinault, 23, claimed his first win this Sunday in Portugal in the Challenge Tour. express an image.

Lionel Villa, at the National Golf Course

He turned professional in January 2019 but was disabled the following year due to pelvic adhesive arthritis which forced him to exercise very limited, Pierre Beno He had just won his first victory over Challenge Tour This Sunday, September 18th at the Portugal Open at the Royal Obidos Spa & Golf Resort.

A success that can be described as atypical, obtained in the playoff against two other French golfers, Felix Morey And the David Ravitto. And somewhere unpredictable since he’s been on three missed cuts in a row and only started his ninth tournament in 2022, only his thirteenth in Europe’s second tier since the first at the start of September 2017, at the Open Golf Championship.

The card is already locked in Challenge Round 2023

We’ll say it wasn’t really planned, but I felt like I had the level needed to get to ithe explains to us, softly perched on a sofa at the Golf National. Despite my recent results, I was playing very well. But there has always been one disastrous gaming sector. »

This victory now opens up a horizon that has so far been uncertain, having failed in 2021 to finish in the top five in the final atalpine tour, the third European division, and mainly benefits from an invitation to participate in the Challenge Tour. With full playing rights now secured in the 2023 Challenge Round, he can therefore afford several additional areas of investigation until the end of the current season. By entering the top 20 of The road to Mallorcahere is, for example, ‘qualified’ – for now – for DP World Tour 2023 even if we know that the top 5 finals will help him reach more systematically the best tournaments of the previous European tour.

Three holes from The Open at St Andrews…

However, if he can’t stay in the top 20 famous while there are still five events to play, including Grand Final in Mallorca from 3 to 6 NovemberThere will also be the possibility to participate in the PQ3, Joining Cards, planned in Spain again (in Tarragona) between November 11-16.

The last option would be simply to win Open the French queso At the end of the week, which will allow him to completely change his world and his short and medium term perspectives. So let’s dream a little? Second in Austria in the Challenge Tour (Euram Bank Open) on July 17, he had already knocked on the door a few days after missing out on qualification for the tournament 150 open scheduled in St. Andrews (Scotland). Then share the leader on file links the prince (I was), pupil clouds by existence He cracked, unfortunately, in the last three holes, taking first a phantom and then a triple phantom…

Sponsors, coaches, parents… they will all be there at the National

In Prince, I didn’t play my gamehe is referring to. I tried making pars when that wasn’t my style at all. Yesterday in Portugal I didn’t want to look at the leaderboard, I didn’t want to know if I was on top or not. Not qualifying for the British Open was good for me because I finished second in Austria on the Challenge Tour in the same week as The Open. Even if I finished 15th in Britain, that wouldn’t bring me second in Austria. Maybe I wasn’t ready. I was there in Portugal. I was nervous but it felt like it was a good stress. »

Will he have the same feelings this Thursday when he takes off for the first time on the massive albatross In the Open de France edition, he who knows this way by heart after receiving Ryder Cup in September 2018 ? Coming from Pole Espoirs, he already had the free time to face it every day. Or almost…

My sponsors, coaches, and parents will be thereConcludes. It is an honor to be at the start of such a tournament. But even though I know the course well, I’m not saying that I might not be shivering on my first encounter… »

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