French Open: we liked it, we didn’t like it

The French, the public, the course, we give you the opinion of Golf Planète on the 104th edition of the Open de France.

We liked: the great return of Notre Open

After two years of total absence from the calendar, the simple fact that the French Open is making its return to the DP World Tour stage is already very good news. We were certainly quite far from the heyday of the oldest national open in continental Europe, but the French public was once again able to admire the best players in the world up close. It’s good for golf in France, quite simply…

We did not like: the champion of “weak” players

There were only seven players from the world’s “top 100” on the starting line and no big stars. The Belgian guy Thomas Peter33rd in the World Golf Ranking, was the “n°1 seed” of the tournament. Patrick Roseau, the former Masters winner turned LIV player, was arguably the loudest name, but he clearly missed the cut and remained in complete sporting anonymity. The DP World Tour tournaments as a whole have suffered from this dearth of big names and the French Open has not escaped this erosion.

We would have liked to ask questions about the future of the French Open at Keith Pelley present this weekend (photo of one) but the boss of European Tour Group who posed with the “Edward George Soïber Cup” at the start of 1 was not prepared to answer the press. One more…$

We loved: the young French people who shine

Admittedly, the competition was, as said, quite small when it comes to the best players in the world. But seeing young French amateurs shine without complex on the Albatross is a great feeling.

Julien Sale (25 years),

Oihan Guillamoundeguy

We regretted: the meager public

It’s an understatement, the public did not rush to the Golf National. The weather, the player champion and also the disappearance of the tournament for the past two years may explain this. There was still a definite advantage to this shortage of spectators. Those who came were able to follow their favorite players very closely. Like here for Planet Golf with Tom Vaillant on Saturday, on hole n°10!

We liked: the Village of the Open

Activities for young and old have been set up for the public at the Village de l’Open. A mini golf, chipping targets, a “bunker challenge”, there was something for everyone and the young children seemed to appreciate these stands of all kinds. So we are too!

We hated: the refereeing error favored by Thomas Pieters

The rules of golf, as we know, are very complicated. Too much no doubt, even today. The proof: two seasoned referees made a mistake in the interpretation of a rule and encouraged Thomas Pieters, who was able to play without claiming a putt he had hit while being bothered by the noise of a spectator. It was only after the recording that the Belgian saw himself meaning that his shot should have counted.

It was therefore logically absolute from any penalty. If he had imposed himself all at once, his victory could have caused a stir… If even the referees of the European Tour can’t do it, then how will the amateur on Sunday get out of it? The Royal&Ancient still has its work cut out for it.

We (a little) dreamed: the French at the forefront

Paul Barjon, Antoine Rozner, Victor Perez played the leading roles in their French Open for the first three rounds. Barjon found himself a little alone on Sunday to hope to win it, but the Blues who were 13 to clear the cut, signed a good overall performance. Joyful.

We disapproved: Dubuisson’s new package

It was a bad habit, it is frankly becoming a bad attitude. Victor Dubuisson gave up playing the 2nd round after a bad initial card (76). This is the fourth time this season that he has done so on the DP World Tour. To pose a rabbit without any valid explanation constitutes a regrettable lack of respect, vis-à-vis the public, other players too…

We loved it: the suspense for the win

The heroic charge of Guido Migliozzithe show Rasmus Hojgaard (25 birdies and an eagle in the week), the putting sturdiness of George Coetzeethe awesome 3 wood shots of Thomas Peter at hole n°14, hope Paul Barjon… There was something for everyone on Sunday to thrill to the reading of the leaderboard and its many twists.

Hole n°15 condemned the South African and the Belgian. The Italian’s brilliant iron shot on the 72nd hole gave him victory. Before Rasmus Højgaard’s debacle on Saturday 2 (quintuple bogey with 3 balls in the water), the Venetian was 12 strokes behind). Thanks for the show!

We would have preferred: a more difficult course

Admittedly, there is nothing to do when the weather is mild (the wind was absent), but we somewhat regretted the preparation of the Albatross. The rough was quite pleasant, the fairways and greens receptive… We were far from the monster that hosted the Ryder Cup in 2018.

The scores bear witness to this. At 62 of Thursday of Hojgaard, Migliozzi one replicated by an identical record score on Sunday. There were tons of birdies. It’s good for the pleasure of the eyes, but the reputation of the Albatross has taken a hit…

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