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Bernd Wiesberger produced one of the most impressive closing 36 holes in recent history on the European Tour when winning last year's Open de France and he returns to defend this week as the tournament celebrates its 100th birthday.

Wiesberger had got himself in position to challenge in both 2013 and 2014 but shot poor closing rounds on each occasion to finish T13 and T18 respectively. It was a very different story 12 months ago as he hit the accelerator with a Saturday 66 and then stormed to victory with a majestic 65 on Sunday to win by three. He'll head back to Le Golf National on the back of successive top 10s on his last two starts on European soil. Following T15 at Wentworth, he finished T10 in his home Lyoness Open in London and then improved again to T7 in the BMW International Open. His ball-striking last week was excellent (4th DA, 2nd GIR) and he'll be a popular pick in the European Tour fantasy game.
Jun 28 - 5:19 PM

David Horsey heads to this week's 100th Open de France on the back of his best result of the season, a T7 at the BMW International Open in Germany.

That top 10 still leaves the Englishman outside the top 100 on the Race to Dubai but, hey, it's a start. Can he improve again in Paris? This is where it takes a rather giant leap of faith as Horsey has missed his last six cuts at Le Golf National. It didn't look as if he'd struggle like that when posting a decent T31 on debut in 2009 but despite starting with 70 in both 2010 and 2014 he hasn't been able to solve the puzzle. Having topped the Putting Average stats in Germany last week, perhaps this is the week when he finds the solution.
Jun 28 - 5:07 PM

Benjamin Hebert will have the local galleries behind him at this week's 100th Open de France.

The 29-year-old Frenchman, who'll tee it up with Dane Thorbjorn Olesen and American Troy Merritt for the first two rounds, needs all the help he can get after failing to make the weekend on his last three starts in the event. Hebert's opening rounds in that trio of missed cuts were 79, 78, 77 so it's clear where the problem lies. There is some glimmer of hope in his course form via a 72-66 start in 2010 which placed him in the top 10 at halfway. Hebert has three top 10s on the 2016 Race to Dubai although the last of those came back in March. However, T12 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth was a sign of more promising form and, despite settling for T59 in the BMW International Open last week, he posted a 64 in round two.
Jun 28 - 4:57 PM

Peter Hanson is 8-for-9 at Le Golf National and returns to the 2018 Ryder Cup venue for the 100th Open de France.

The Swede finished fourth in 2009 and was T6 the following year although they remain his only top 25s. He was T30 last year. Hanson's season has been steady although T6 at the Volvo China Open at the start of May is his only top 10 so he's been slightly frustrating for gamers. A T21 in last week's BMW International Open (69 in round four) could be a sign of better things to come and the tough course this week will play to his main strength, hitting greens in regulation.
Jun 28 - 4:48 PM

After finishing T12 in the 2015 edition, Tyrrell Hatton heads back to Le Golf National to contest the 100th Open de France.

Hatton, who missed the cut on his first look in 2014, was fourth at halfway last year and T7 with a round to go before his challenge ended with a closing 74. He'll try to be a leaderboard presence again this time after a strong run of form was halted via a missed cut at the BMW International Open in Germany last week. Prior to that, the young Englishman had connected five top 20s, including T5 at the Irish Open and T7 at the BMW PGA Championship. He sits 36th on the Race to Dubai.
Jun 28 - 4:31 PM

Shane Lowry makes his way back to Firestone Country Club in attempt to defend his throne at this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Lowry found himself in a difficult situation this week. As the defending champion, it's almost an unwritten rule that you return to defend. However, his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open catapulted him up the European Tour Ryder Cup Rankings, currently 11th place. With the 100th Open de France giving up 2x Ryder Cup points, it would have been easy for Lowry to bail and head to Paris. Instead, he'll be collecting an easy paycheck this week and gets the opportunity to increase his position in the FedExCup standings (currently 75th). Lowry owns just four top 25s in 12 starts this season but gamers can just look at last year's leaderboard if they need a reminder of his upside this week.
Jun 28 - 3:58 PM

Young-han Song preps for his PGA TOUR debut as he turns his attention toward Firestone Country Club for this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

The 24-year-old South Korean made waves back in January when he outlasted Jordan Spieth to secure the SMBC Singapore Open. Spieth's presence in the field helped boost the OWGR strength of field over the mandatory 115 required for winners to earn entry into this week's tournament. Other than that victory, he boasts seven additional top 25s in 12 starts since the calendar flipped to 2016. This will be Song's debut in a WGC event, so expectations should be kept to a reasonable level, despite his fantastic form on the Japan Golf Tour.
Jun 28 - 3:46 PM

Troy Merritt makes a first trip to Paris and Le Golf National for the 100th Open de France this week.

Bubba Watson's disastrous trip to Paris in 2011 has rather obscured the fact that recent American visitors have sneaky good records here. Brendan Steele has 3 top 7 finishes and Kevin Stadler was second in 2014. Can Merritt follow suit? If you belive in patterns he might make the cut, but not exactly thrive. His last 8 results read: T42-MC-T72-MC-T17-MC-T68-MC. A see-saw trend he'll be looking to end with some consistency AND quality sooner rather than later. No experience of Europe but has traveled well, for example when winning the Mexico Open in 2009.
Jun 28 - 3:32 PM

Mike Lorenzo-Vera will be a proud Frenchman at Le Golf National this week, celebrating the 100th Open de France.

Last week's T9 in the BMW International Open was a real fillip for Lorenzo-Vera; dragging him to 115th in the Race to Dubai - some way off safety, but a boost after a season which had only one week of genuine progress beforehand. That was when he finished T6 at the Open de Espana. Otherwise it has been something of a struggle, in fact he has just 3 top 50 finishes from 11 starts. His record at French golf's HQ is as mercurial as the man himself with the log book noting 5 straight missed cuts. It looked like he was headed for a 6th when he hit 75 in R1 last year to lie T96 but he found something from nowhere to shoot 70-67-68 and finish T6.
Jun 28 - 3:24 PM

Richie Ramsay has struggled more than he has thrived when visiting Paris; he'll hope that changes in this week's 100th Open de France.

The Scot's course form is a real oddity: in 6 visits he has finished better than T41 just the once, but when he did he was T5. The question might be: what made the difference that year? The answer would appear to be his long game because no-one hit more greens in regulation than him that week, making up for what have been - year in, year out - some pretty grotty putting stats. He was T6 at the China Open in late April but subsequently things have gone badly: a best of T43 from his last 4 starts.
Jun 28 - 3:12 PM

Rikard Karlberg will tee it up for a second time at Le Golf National in this week's 100th Open de France.

Without attracting too much attention the Swede is accumulating a lot of money and a very good set of results this season. The highlight is undoubtedly the solo second in the BMW PGA Championship which was largely thanks to a stunning 7-under final round 65. But toss in a T8 at the Shenzhen International, T10 at the Irish Open and T7 at the Nordea Masters and you understand why he is ranked a lofty 14th on the Race to Dubai (enough to earn him a spot in The Open Championship this Monday). He did miss the cut on his event debut 12 months ago and is fresh from an abbreviated week in Germany, but the form is unlikely to have totally disappeared.
Jun 28 - 3:05 PM

Thongchai Jaidee will hope to maintain his good event form at the 100th Open de France in Paris.

The Thai golfer's history at Le Golf National is all a little bit boom or bust. Four visits have led to early trips to home; but on the other hand 6 times he has made the weekend and prospered, never once finishing worse than T36 if he plays 72 holes. Moreover, the longer he plays the course, the better he seems to like it: T7 at halfway in 2011 (finished T26), T15 in 2012, T2 in 2014 and T10 12 months ago. Although 7-for-9 this season on the European Tour he hasn't had a top 10 since his first start of the campaign in South Africa. That, however, was the lucrative Nedbank Challenge so he's 48th in the Race to Dubai.
Jun 28 - 3:00 PM

Nathan Holman finds himself amidst a slump ahead of his debut at this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

The 25-year-old Aussie has missed the cut in three of his last four starts, worldwide. Earlier in the season he made his Wold Golf Championships debut with a 56th-place finish at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. His claim to fame at the moment is his victory at the Australian PGA Championship, last December. Holman has flashed potential at times, but his current form and lack of results in the U.S. make him easy to overlook this week when setting rosters.
Jun 28 - 8:02 AM

Chip Deason sets his eyes on MontrĂȘux Golf and Country Club for his debut at the Barracuda Championship.

The 41-year-old boasts a 1-for-4 record in his career on the PGA TOUR. His latest start was a missed cut at the 2013 St. Jude Classic. More recently the University of Alabama alum missed the cut on the Web.com Tour (BMW Charity Pro-Am). The last cut made on any stage was a T44 at the 2013 News Sentinel Open (Web.com Tour). There is no need for gamers to take a risk on Deason this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 28 - 7:50 AM

Highly thought of Romain Langasque, a storied amateur, will debut in his national open, the Open de France, this week at Le Golf National in Paris.

The French wunkerkind kept his amateur ranking this year to play the Masters, where he hit a back nine 31, the joint lowest by an amateur. He then turned pro and is using his Challenge Tour playing rights, rather than attempting to gain a European Tour card on invitations alone. For his national Open, however, he has made an exception. The 21-year-old currently lies 5th on the Challenge Tour rankings, having missed out on the cash for his best finish (T2 at the Kenya Open) because it came before the Masters. Has no competitive experience of Le Golf but will have played it whenever he wanted to as part of the French team.
Jun 28 - 5:28 AM



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