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Wiesberger returns to winning waysWiesberger returns to winning waysBernd Wiesberger captured his third European Tour title with a commanding performance in the Alstom Open de France.
Three behind overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl at the start of the day, Wiesberger burst into life after lightning briefly delayed the final round.
The 29 year old Austrian made four birdies in succession from the fourth, before nearly holing his approach to the ninth and tapping in for another gain to turn in 31.
With the chasing pack unable to reel him in over Le Golf National’s notoriously tough back nine, eight straight pars kept Wiesberger in control before he finished things in style with a birdie from 15 feet on the last.
That gave him a closing round of 65, a 13 under total and a three shot winning margin over James Morrison.
It also provided a first visit to the winner’s circle since capturing two titles in 2012, and with a €500,000 cheque for first place the biggest pay day of his European Tour career.
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The victory caps a sparkling run of form during which Wiesberger finished sixth, third, fourth and second in his first four events of the season, before adding another runner-up finish in Ireland.
“It's been a great first half of the year for me so far,” he said. “I've had a lot of great success but just couldn't pull it quite off. To stand here with the trophy right now, it's pretty sweet.
“I just hit a great shot down the fourth before the horns were blowing and they took us off the course. I liked my yardage, and had a good shot in there and had some momentum building, chipped in, holed a long putt.
“I felt really comfortable out there. I had a great weekend, only one bogey, and 66, 65 - that's not a bad score.” Bernd Wiesberger
“This tournament is very special to me. It’s one of the biggest events we have on Tour every year and probably the most tradition, the oldest one on Continental Europe.
“I’m very proud to be on the winner's list now, on this trophy dating back to 1906 it says here. It's amazing and it was a great week. I really enjoyed playing in front of these crowds here and performing the way I did.
“I have to say, James Morrison who I played with played great golf, as well, and gave me a good run which made it quite tight at the end.”
A final round 67 gave him outright second on ten under par, and the considerable consolation of one of three places in The Open Championship at St Andrews in two weeks’ time.
“My game is improving every day; I'm doing all the right things,” said the 30 year old Morrison.
“Bernd played too perfectly today. He won the golf tournament, it’s as simple as that. He played fantastic.”
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Van Zyl and Rafa Cabrera-Bello claimed the other spots after finishing third and fifth respectively, with Kaymer sandwiched between the pair on seven under after finding water on the last and running up a double bogey.
History beckons for McDowellHistory beckons for McDowell
Graeme McDowell is looking to become the first player for 77 years to win the Alstom Open de France three years running at Le Golf National this week.
Not since Marcel Dallemagne in 1938 has someone lifted Continental Europe’s oldest Open three times in succession, and only five players have ever landed a hat-trick of European Tour titles in the same event – with McDowell hoping to join an illustrious list which currently features Ian Woosnam, Sir Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.
“Having a chance to win a tournament three times in a row is very special,” said the 2010 US Open Champion. “I've always enjoyed this golf course, right back in the early days when I would come here.”
Two years ago McDowell romped to an impressive four shot victory, but last season the final round became a war of attrition in tough conditions, with the Northern Irishman’s closing 67 – the joint-lowest round of the final day – enough to see him defend the title when America’s Kevin Stadler missed a short putt on the 18th.
“The two wins were obviously very different,” added McDowell. “You always like to win a tournament, as opposed to be given it to a certain extent. So from that point of view, I guess 2013 was a bit more special than 2014.
“But winning a tournament back to back is also very special. In the aftermath, winning last year was very special to me but in terms of the flavour in which it was won, I would have much rather won in a play-off in the end. But you take what you're given I suppose.”
Since wife Kristin gave birth to the couple’s first child Vale last year, McDowell admits he has largely failed to live up to his high standards on the golf course.
However, the 35 year old believes that there have been signs he has turned a corner with his form in the last month.
Having recorded only one top-ten finish in 2015, McDowell felt his game was starting to come together at the BMW PGA Championship and Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
And McDowell has his family with him in Paris this week as he looks to resume that upward trend after missing the cut in the US Open.
“Really I have to start the ball rolling again and start that momentum gathering,” added the Ryder Cup star.
“I feel a lot happier where I am mentally now than where I was four or five months ago.
"I know I'm good enough and I know that if I keep doing what I'm doing, that things will come back.
“It's been a lot of fun the last year personally; I wouldn't change that for anything.
“I’ve got to get back at it, and I have been getting back at it. Like I say, momentum was killed a little bit last couple weeks, but there's no better time to start playing well than right now with all the golf ahead of me.
“[My family] were heading into Paris this afternoon. This is my first trip overseas on entourage, if you like, and it's been a lot of fun.
“The girls are having a lot of fun; they are looking forward to sightseeing. The crew here at The French Open have been really looking after us and set up some fun things for the girls to do. We are excited about the week.”
Le Golf National will host The Ryder Cup in 2018, and the man who famously holed the winning putt in 2010 believes his prowess at the venue could help to see him involved.
“I'll be pushing 40, so at least I'll perhaps be a good call for an invite for a wild card pick,” continued McDowell. “If I don't make the team off my own merit, being a little bit of a course specialist around here, certainly I will be expecting to be part of things.
“I think the fact that The Ryder Cup is coming here in 2018, it legitimises how good this golf course is.”
McDowell’s compatriot and Europe’s current Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke also spoke enthusiastically about the venue.
“It will be a wonderful venue,” said the former Open champion. “The course itself is such a wonderful test.
“It's fair: if you get too aggressive, there's a lot of water in play and this week, it's a little bit different because of the dry spell they have had here.”
Ryder Cup stars head to Le Golf NationalRyder Cup stars head to Le Golf NationalThe next venue to host a Ryder Cup on European soil will take centre stage this week, as seven of the stars from the last biennial contest compete in the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National.
Defending champion Graeme McDowell will be joined by his Gleneagles team-mates Thomas Bjørn, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Stephen Gallacher, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood for the 99th edition of the tournament, which is continental Europe’s oldest national Open.
McDowell is bidding for a hat-trick of victories, having first won the title by four strokes from Richard Sterne in 2013 before successfully defending it last year, when he finished a shot clear of American Kevin Stadler and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.
The Northern Irishman won all three of his matches at The 2014 Ryder Cup and his partner for two of those, Frenchman Dubuisson, will lead the home hopes over the Albatros course which will host the contest against the United States in 2018.
Dubuisson returns home following a top 20 finish in last week’s BMW International Open in Germany. He will be hoping to become the first Frenchman since Thomas Levet in 2011 to win his home Open.
Kaymer is also a former winner at Le Golf National, having defeated team-mate Westwood in a play-off in 2009, and he will be aiming to bounce back from missing the cut in the US Open and in Munich last week.
In addition to Dubuisson, there is a strong looking home challenge, which includes Gary Stal, already a winner on The 2015 Race to Dubai in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, and Alexander Levy, who won twice in 2014.
Le Golf National, on the outskirts of the French capital Paris, is a European Tour Destination and member venue of The European Tour Properties network.
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Terre Blanche-based Langasque wins Amateur ChampionshipTerre Blanche-based Langasque wins Amateur Championship
Frenchman Romain Langasque saw off the challenge of Scotland’s Grant Forrest to win the 120th Amateur Championship at Carnoustie last week.
Langasque was in commanding form as he won the 36-hole final by 4 and 2 and with it secured a place in next month’s 144th Open Championship at St Andrews, a place in next year’s US Open at Oakmont and an invitation to the 2016 Masters Tournament.
The 20 year old Frenchman, who is a member of the French Federation's Pole Francais - based at European Tour Destination Terre Blanche where he works with the European Tour Performance Institute, sealed the win on the par three 34th hole when Forrest conceded the hole and the match after his tee shot had gone through the back of the green and his chip coming back went past the hole with Langasque facing a 10ft birdie putt.
Langasque becomes just the third Frenchman to win the Amateur Championship after Philippe Ploujoux in 1981 and Julien Guerrier in 2006.
Langasque said: “This is just a dream for me. It is just incredible that I am going to play at St Andrews in one month’s time for The Open.
“When I came here I played my first practice round and played really well at Panmure maybe six or seven-under-par and then when I played my practice round here at Carnoustie I was maybe six or seven over so when it came to the first round I just tried to do my best on every shot.
“I played ok for the first two rounds and then the more the competition advanced the more I played well. This morning was my best round of the championship and I played really well.”
German boys and girls triumph at international youth tournamentGerman boys and girls triumph at international youth tournament
The 12th Allianz German Boys & Girls Open hosted by European Tour Destination Golf Club St. Leon-Rot saw two young German athletes triumph from an impressive field of 153 juniors from 18 different countries, with more than 97% of the players boasting a plus handicap.
The weekend event, played in temperatures of up to 33°C, was won by Leonie Harm (Golf Club St. Leon-Rot/-11) and Thomas Rosenmüller (GC München Eichenried/ -10).
After the traditional players “big night”, with a welcome from Charlie Hull, who in 2013 became the youngest female professional to compete in The Solheim Cup, the players took to the course in front of an impressive crowd of spectators.
The start of the final day saw Hollie Muse from England at the top of the leaderboard, but after a strong start Hollie slipped to a final round three-over-par 75, leaving a tussle for first place between Esther Henseleit (Hamburger GC / -10) and eventual champion, Leonie.
In the boys’ competition, Thomas Rosenmüller took the lead from the start and won with a final round 70 over the St. Leon course, with a total of 206 strokes.
In the nations’ competition the German girls (Leonie Harm, Esther Henseleit and Alexandra Förstling) came in first with a total of 275 shots and their male compatriots (Thomas Rosenmüller, Max Schmitt and Michael Hirmer) winning with a final score of 277.
The event is supported by the German Golf Association (Deutscher Golf Verband) and proud long-standing title sponsor Allianz.
Saujana becomes a European Tour DestinationSaujana becomes a European Tour Destination
Saujana Golf & Country Club in Malaysia has been announced as the 15th member of the exclusive European Tour Properties network, becoming an official European Tour Destination.
It is only the third venue outside of Europe to gain European Tour Destination status and the 11th in total.
Located approximately 15km outside the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, Saujana hosted the Malaysian Open in 1999, won by American Gerry Norquist, which entered the record books as the first event to be co-sanctioned by The European and Asian Tours.
It then hosted the tournament a further five times between 2001 and 2009, with Vijay Singh and Thongchai Jaidee among the winners, earning a reputation as one of Asia’s leading venues.
Peremba, the owners of Saujana Golf & Country Club, have promoted the Malaysian Open, through their company GlobalOne, since 2006, while they also promoted the Indonesian Open from 2006 to 2009 and the Singapore Masters in 2006 and 2007, both tournaments featuring on The European Tour International Schedule.
The brainchild of former Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who, in 1982, initiated the creation of a government task force to set up a golf club in Kuala Lumpur to attract investors and industrialists, Saujana Golf & Country Club was cut through a former palm and rubber plantation and now has two courses – The Palm Course and Bunga Raya.
Both were originally designed by Ronald Fream, and in 2009 Bunga Raya was redesigned by Ted Parslow of Australia. The two courses are endorsed by the R&A as championship courses, and the Palm Course has been voted as the sixth toughest course in the world, while Bunga Raya was voted as the 69th best course of the world outside of the USA by Golf Digest USA.
The golf club is directly linked to two world class hotels, The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur and The Club Saujana Resort which is a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. As well as the hotels, there is a spa and a selection of internationally themed restaurants.
As the 11th and newest European Tour Destination, Saujana Golf & Country Club will benefit from European Tour Properties’ focused, year-long sales, marketing and operational support, joining the 14 existing members in the European Tour Properties’ portfolio of world class venues, which includes world class facilities such as PGA Catalunya Resort in Spain, London Golf Club in England, and Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort on the French Riviera.
In late 2013, Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai became the first Middle East Destination to join the network, and the expansion continued into south-east Asia earlier this year with the addition of Black Mountain Golf Club & Resort in Thailand.
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “Our relationship with our partners Peremba and GlobalOne has been a long and fruitful one and has delivered many outstanding tournaments and winners. I would like to pay particular tribute to Tan Sri Mohd Razali Abdul Rahman who has been a true friend, partner and supporter of The European Tour over many years and can claim an important role in our international expansion.”
David MacLaren, The European Tour’s Director of Property and Venue Development, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with the owners of Saujana Golf & Country Club and one which is very important to The European Tour. Announcing Saujana as our official European Tour Destination in Malaysia is a natural extension of this association and will allow us to further develop our partnership into many new spheres. We are grateful for the ongoing support of Tan Sri Mohd Razali Abdul Rahman and his team, and look forward to Saujana becoming an important member of our network of world class venues.”
Tan Sri Mohd Razali Abdul Rahman, the Chairman of Peremba Group said: “We are proud to be promoters of European Tour sanctioned events. We are delighted that the relationship with The European Tour is progressing to a new dimension with the Saujana Golf & Country Club and The Saujana Hotels and Resorts being associated with The European Tour Properties network. We are confident that this new partnership will add value to the organisations and to the sport.
“Our relationship with The European Tour has been long and fruitful, and we look forward to many more years of this.”
For more information about Saujana Golf & Country Club, visit www.saujana.com.my.
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A Desert Oasis by Lewine Mair - Courtesy of Global Golf PostA Desert Oasis by Lewine Mair - Courtesy of Global Golf Post
Jumeirah Golf Estates, European Tour Destination and host venue of The European Tour's season-ending finale, the DP World Tour Championship, is reviewed by golf journalist Lewine Mair.
Read the article here - courtesy of online magazine Global Golf Post.
Sorenstam visits Estonian Golf & Country ClubSorenstam visits Estonian Golf & Country Club
Annika Sörenstam visited Estonian Golf & Country Club, the Tallinn venue which is a member of The European Tour Properties network, as plans for her first course design in Europe take shape.
The ten-time major champion, who amassed an unprecedented 89 tournament victories in a 15-year career, is designing a new course to complement the venue’s existing Sea Course, rated among Europe’s Top 100 Courses.
Construction of the new course at Estonian Golf & Country Club is part of a major development to create a family leisure resort and spa, including a 150-room hotel, overlooking the Gulf of Finland.
Annika is working closely with European Golf Design (EGD), the golf course design company of the European Tour and IMG, with groundwork scheduled to start in 2016.
Sörenstam said: “This is a naturally beautiful landscape, reminiscent of where I grew up, and it’s a privilege to be asked to design a golf course here.
“My approach to course design is to capture the natural character of the landscape, blending golf holes into the surrounding environment. My goal is to create a versatile course that can be enjoyed by players of any age and skill level, using a variety of tees, landing areas and approaches.
“Ultimately, I want it to be both a strategic challenge and a memorable experience, whether you are an elite player competing in a tournament, or a young golfer enjoying a family holiday.”
She added: “Estonian Golf & Country Club’s plans for a leisure resort that is family friendly shows great vision and I’m excited to be part of a project that I believe will attract visitors from across the Nordic countries, Europe and beyond.”
The new 18-hole course will replace the existing nine-hole Stone Course at Estonian Golf & Country Club, and will complement the championship Sea Course, which in 2011 hosted European qualifying for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup, the final of which was staged at the upscale Chinese resort which also boasts an ANNIKA® designed course.
On high, flat land above a limestone escarpment that drops down to a pine forest and the Sea Course, the new ANNIKA® layout will command outstanding views over the Rebala National Heritage Area, within which the GEO Certified™ country club is situated.
Using the long, native grasses and firm turf, the course will have a links-like look and feel. Tees will be spread out with the tournament course measuring 6,445m (7,050 yards), while fully constructed forward tees will create a genuine 4,000m (4,375 yards) course for juniors and new golfers.
Hanno Kross, Estonian Golf & Country Club Chief Executive, said: “I first met Annika in 2011 to discuss designing our second course and she immediately understood and empathized with our vision to further develop Estonian Golf & Country Club into an international leisure resort and spa.
“As well as being one of the most successful golfers of all time, she is family orientated and coaches young people, so brings a contemporary perspective to the needs of a modern resort and the type of golf course and facilities that are required.”
Estonian Golf & Country Club, just 20 minutes from the country’s exquisite capital city of Tallinn, will open its new ANNIKA® Course, as well as the first 60 rooms of the new hotel, in 2019.
Hanno Kross added: “While many golfers regularly hop across on the ferry from Finland to play golf in Estonia, we hope the new ANNIKA® Course will attract more golfers and families from Sweden, who can travel here easily via a 55-minute flight or on the daily ferry, as well as other European countries.
“This is an exciting new concept for golf tourism in northern Europe – where our long, sunny summer days are perfect for active, outdoor holidays – and we are extremely pleased Annika is on board and is contributing so much to the strategy behind this project.”
Annika’s visit to Estonian Golf & Country Club Chief coincides with the venue’s tenth anniversary. To mark the occasion, a special open tournament will take place on both the Stone and Sea Courses, together with a 10th birthday party.
Black Mountain Wins IAGTO Diamond AwardBlack Mountain Wins IAGTO Diamond Award
European Tour Properties’ newest member, Black Mountain Golf Club and Resort, has become the first course in Thailand to receive a Diamond Award for excellence from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).
The award was made at the official convention dinner during IAGTO’s fourth annual Asian Golf Tourism Convention, held in Jakarta, and was accepted by Black Mountain managing director, Harald Elisson.
IAGTO Diamond Awards recognise courses for their outstanding quality in playing experience, presentation and customer service. They were presented this year to courses in Malaysia, Vietnam, China, the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines and Cambodia.
Black Mountain, near Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, 200 kilometres south of Bangkok, became a European Tour Properties member following the True Thailand Classic, a co-sanctioned European Tour and Asian Tour event, which was held for the first time in February.
Harald Elisson thanked golf tour operators, more than 300 of whom attended the convention, for supporting Black Mountain so strongly and for the role they played in the course receiving the accolade. He said Black Mountain would continue to strive to provide the best experience on and off the course in the future.
Black Mountain Golf Club is part of a modern complex that includes villas and condominiums, a spa, water park and wakeboard park, tennis and volleyball facilities and restaurant in a dramatic mountainside setting near the booming seaside resort city of Hua Hin.