Invited by the European Tour, Thomas Levitt is taking part in the 29th French Open this week.
At 54, 2011 edition winner -” Eleven years have already passed, I feel like it was yesterday A six-time winner on the continental circuit and three times on the Tour of Legends (a top European circuit for over-50s), he still holds one of the best records in French golf. The Parisian, carried away by his old friend Marcel Manetica, shows his ambitions and also returns with the fiery news of Leaf Golf that is turning the world of golf upside down.
At his invitation
“The US Open and the British Open invite the first champion to play the tournament. I won the Legends Open de France last year which prompted me to request an invite. My presence is also a way to promote the French Open. And then I also want to bring something to the French Open that I faced Difficulties in recent years at the level of sponsors.
in its shape
Six or seven years ago, I’ve been getting injured on a regular basis. I did not put one foot in front of the other. I couldn’t play. It was not relevant. In 2015, during my last participation, I wasn’t competitive. Three years ago I gave up on a young player. Today I feel good. And since I’m playing less, I can recover better from and treat minor injuries, while still keeping playing fun. If I had to play 30 weeks out of the year, it would obviously be more complicated. I don’t have the physical shape when I wake up in the morning young men on the rink. But I train a lot. When I play a British major the week after the British Open, I comment on the squad Channel +I have to practice. I can’t finish the Top 20 list like I did at the PGA Senior, without training. In the morning, I take my bag and work from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., then do 18 holes while walking the hang.
In the pro match (Wednesday), I showed the players I was playing with that I had a lot of level.
about his ambitions
“I have regained my confidence. I finished last year 2e From the European Upper Circle (Legends Tour). In the pro match (Wednesday), I showed the players I was playing with that I was very level. Hit the ball again. It is also a course that I know very well and I also have good memories of. Passing the cut seems totally feasible to me. If all goes well I can even make a top 10! “
in the course
It’s much easier than usual. Roughness doesn’t punish. You may have a bad lie but you won’t lose your ball. The greens, which are very good quality, still have a ‘trampoline effect’. And it’s not easy to control the ball well with little irons. That’s one of the difficulties in getting a low score. The weather forecast is favorable. It should be nice. If the winds don’t recover, I think they’ll score very low and I wouldn’t be surprised if we break the championship record for the lowest overall score in the four rounds.”
In golf LIV, a blessing in disguise?
“The Liv Golf doesn’t do much damage to the European Tour. It does a lot on the PGA Tour and in the image of world golf. What will happen now in the Majors? How will the world ranking be structured? What is interesting is that with the Liv Offensive, the PGA Tour handed out more money On the players He wasn’t listening enough to what some of the players had to say Because some had disastrous financial situations Some sacrificed their mental and financial health to develop at the highest level Golf season is very expensive Patrick Cantlay (fourth in the world) summed it up well When you arrive On the PGA Tour and struggling without making the cuts, you can’t win anything. We are the only high-profile media sport where it happens like this. In the NBA, there are players charging up the bench but still getting paid. If we can block the high-profile players From falling into the red zone…there are many players of my generation who have experienced this scenario.Being the only player among his crew who doesn’t earn money more than a week if he doesn’t pass the cut is embarrassing.
On choosing to join LIV Golf
“There are players who may have physical problems and cannot play many tournaments in a year. In 2007, when I had major physical problems and could no longer walk, if LIV offered me 20 million euros, I would have accepted it. When you had just won a championship. British Open (A reference to Australian Cameron Smith) And you have a red carpet in front of you, I don’t know if it’s appropriate to do that…. After that, we don’t know his mental state, his mental health… Agassi who hated tennis, if he was twenty, he would have been offered a circuit that wins In them a lot by playing much less, he would have taken it without hesitation.