Player of the DP World Tour for three seasons (2016-2018), Sébastien Gros begins his year 2022 on the Challenge Tour by contesting the Blot Open de Bretagne on the Bluegreen Golf Course in Pléneuf-Val-André.
Golf Planète: This is your first start on the Challenge Tour. How was your start to the season?
Sebastien Gros : I mainly played pro-am with rankings for professionals, including the pro-am of the Omnium de la Riviera which is a great reference. I also participated in the French Professional Championship at Golf du Médoc last week. I didn’t want to go to satellite circuits like the Mena Tour because it was in May and I hope to be able to enter some of the Challenge Tour tournaments. It didn’t happen unfortunately.
remember that we are talking about this Professional French Championship where you finished seventh?
It was crazy that there hadn’t been a professional French Championship for so many years. Bernard Pascassio, Serge Melchior, Denis Fabre and Vincent Paris have managed to set up a great event on a very good course at the Golf du Médoc. I finished in the top 10 but above all it allowed me to gauge myself against a very good national field.
Have you had any changes in the way you work recently?
No, I am in continuity with Benoit Telleria, who is also coach of the France team. I’m still based in Lyon, but we see each other mainly in Biarritz. We continue to work and we will see how it goes this week in Brittany and in two weeks at the Vaudreuil Golf Challenge. I will not be able to play in Italy next week with my category.
What do you think of the course of Pléneuf-Val-André this year?
I find the course more receptive than in previous years. Especially because it is played in June now and no longer in September. With the rain of the last few days, it is much more scorable as we have seen with Ruaidhri McGee who equaled the course record on Thursday with a card of 61. Luckily the fairways were slightly narrowed in the end. But if it becomes dry, it will be much more complicated.
We didn’t see you hitting the driver in the first round. Was it a predefined strategy?
I didn’t hit my driver the whole first lap. I’m not super comfortable with this club at the moment. And there is not a single hole that bothers me to leave with an iron or a wood. Besides, I signed a card under par. It’s always good in Pléneuf. On par 5 of hole 11, for example, with early tee times on Thursday, I hit 2 iron and 9 iron to birdie. Another player would have made drive-wedge, it does not change the essential things, especially since there are dangers that happen when you are near the green. I stuck to my strategy, even though I took a triple-bogey on 10 just before. I’m happy with my attitude. If I had taken my driver to force the eagle to 11, I could have compromised everything. Nonsense, on does not catch up with them.
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