French Open, back to the light

Missed from the European calendar for two long seasons due to the pandemic, the oldest championship in continental Europe to return to competition. 29 Between Thursday and Sunday the French will try to succeed Thomas Levitt, the last tricolor he won in 2011 on the impressive track of the Albatros, host of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Lionel Villa, at the National Golf Course

After two editions – 2020 and 2021 – were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the oldest tournament in continental Europe (born in 1906) is back in the light. and life. The 104th edition of the Open de France, although its prize pool is 3 million euros, certainly does not offer a fieldItalian Open Championship Disputed last week in the outskirts of Rome on Marco Simon Golf Clubwhich will be hosted in one year 44th Ryder Cup in history.

number Matthew Fitzpatrick So, no Rory McIlroyeven less than Victor Hovland or Terrell Hutton At the beginning of this week on the formidable level 71 of Albatross, host Ryder Cup 2018 The European captain won it Thomas Bjorn. This quartet has essentially gotten themselves measured in a trajectory they all hope to play during the next showdown with the United States.

McIntyre on his way from the Italian Open?

Despite these “splits”, the Kazuo French Open 2022 She has some points to make. The 36th player in the Belgian world rankings Thomas Peterswinner of Abu Dhabi in Januarywill try to do better than the 13th place obtained here at Evelyn in 2017. 48th in the world, New Zealand Ryan Foxwho was not retained in the international team that faces the United States between Thursday and Sunday in Presidents CupFor her part, she will seek to find a second wind (no top 20 in her last 5 rounds) after an impressive first half of the season: 1 win, 3 second places, 1 third place!

Many new winners in DP World Tour They also participate. Let us, of course, mention the Scots Robert McIntyre68th in the world, victorious on September 18 in Italy, South Africa Thurston Lawrencealso winner of the play-off at the end of August in Switzerland in the Omega European Masters, German Maximilian Kiefer (Czech masters) American Sean Crocker (Open Champion) The 60th in the world pole Adrian Myronk (Irish Open Championship).

My primary mission is to bring back the fun in a place that has given me so much over the years, and especially in 2019.

Nicola Colserts

title holder for three years now, Nicola Colserts He will finally put his cup back in play. And most Belgian-French golfers, who are gradually returning to the game after serious health concerns, are eager to take action.

I’m glad to be hereShouted. My primary mission is to bring back the fun in a place that has given me so much over the years, especially in 2019. It will be fun hiking the National trails three years later. »

The French Open has always been a special tournament for mecontinued. Coming from Belgium, we no longer had a National Open between 2001 and 2017. Due to the language, I often had to accept an Open National that wasn’t really at home. I’ve always had good relations with the French media, as well as with the French public… It’s a story that started in the 2003 Lancome Cup… It’s been going on for a long time. The French Open has always been a special tournament for me. Winning it in 2019 is a magical touch… »

Thomas Levitt, 11 years later…

Life member since 2019 of the European Tour, Patrick Reed, fiftieth in the world, is also in the game. A Paris-zone presence for the less-divided American, the holder of the green jacket since winning the 2018 Masters but today ‘exile’ over the fierce competition Lev Golf and its Saudi petrodollars. With him, six other “dissidents” made the trip to France: Henny de PlessisAnd the Sam HorsfieldAnd the Laurie KanterAnd the Adrian OtegiAnd the Oliver Baker And the Oliver Fisher.

29 French running to try to join Thomas Levittthe last tricolor he won here at the Golf National in 2011. The Racingman, aged 54 since Sept. 5 and now in legends tourHe will also be debuting this Thursday because he has received an invite.

Above all, it will be necessary to monitor the performance Victor Perez, is 90th in the world and only third in Italy last Sunday, and is currently 16th in the European standings (the previous race). In its wake, let us recall Antoine Rosnerfourth in Crans-sur-Sierre and who’s left on three straight pieces, “Texas.” Paul Bargonwho are playing their first French championship, or even the entire French amateur team that just finished sixth in the final at the World Championships organized in early September in France: Martin KovraAnd the Tom Valiant And the Julian Cel. The future belongs to them!

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