French Open, Rory McIlroy versus Liv players


From the track that will host the Ryder Cup in 2023 to the track it took in 2018. From the Italian Open, basically, to the French Open, which is the oldest continental European tournament of its kind. In fact, the first version was held in 1906 in La Boulie, which until 1986 had as much space as a venue, along with many others.

Since 1991, after two editions, he has always filmed at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, which is actually located in Guyancourt, about 35 km from Paris, which in 2024 will also witness the Olympic event on the stage.

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However, in recent days the place has jumped into the headlines for golf-related reasons up to a point: Environmentalists did, in fact, enter the course and damage the 18th hole leaving several marks and, therefore, holes to put it in.

Under the accusation is the problem of water consumption needed by many fields, compared to the water situation in France in times of abnormal drought. For its part, the French Federation indicated that significant investments have been made to reduce water consumption.

The skirmishes continued for a long time and did not spare a large amount of fields in the area. Coming back to purely sporting fact, here are some of the good players on the DP World Tour, although the stadium could be considered less than the Piazza del Italy Open (which, for its part, had the advantage of being “distinguished” in Ryder).

There is the 2019 winner, Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, who, however, has not achieved significant results from the second place he earned in the boot two years ago. Marco Simone Golf & Country Club winner Robert McIntyre of Scotland is keen to show that the start of the 2023 Ryder Cup qualifying period wants to make the most of it.

Three of the top ten in the race to Dubai are in attendance: New Zealander Ryan Fox, Paul Adrian Meronke and South African Thurston Lawrence. There are five Italians competing, some chasing the top 50 players needed to make sure they play the DP World Championship, the final event of the season.

In particular, the best in the race to Dubai is Edoardo Molinari, currently 67, while Guido Migliozzi is 100 and Francesco Laporta is in 114th. However, all three of them will keep their cards full on the DP World Tour.

Renato Baratore just exceeded the required share, ranked 128, while Lorenzo Gagli was ranked 169. Two Azzurris have triumphed in France throughout history: Ugo Grapassoni in 1949 and Costantino Rocca in 1993. He reached it three times according to Francesco Molinari.

Also at the start are some members of LIV Golf, who can participate until the judgment is issued next February, in the UK, which will regulate the relations between the “Escape” (and currently banned from the PGA Tour) and the Continental circuit.

They are, among others, Patrick Reed (USA), Laurie Kanter (England), Adrian Otaegui (Spain). There will be more of them next week, at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and it is believed that the environment will not be the best, given the presence of Rory McIlroy, who has managed several trips against the Arab Premier League.


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