The HNA Open De France is not won by any Swedish even once in the history of the tournament. At the start of the final, it looked this history is here to stay. Marcus Kinhult had a lead with 10 under par. With scorecard poised in such a manner, the change of statistic did not seem probable.
The final round was pretty doubtful as Two Americans were also in contention to win the title. Ironically, the Americans, Justin Thomas, and Julian Suri were in content for winning a European title. The Americans were at a score of four under par. The Albatros Course in itself is an unusual one on the Le Golf National. It puts up quite a few obstacles in front of the players as it consists of multiple water hazards. Also, there are rough jungle like patches all over the course as well. With all these obstacles the Americans were surely in contention. In addition to these, there were players like Barry Jaeckel, Byron Nelson and Walter Hagen who have the ability to spring a surprise at any time.
History, however, had other plans, both the Americans were opposed in their attempts to win the title. The Americans did not see their flag fly high in Paris. They will have their next opportunity in the Ryder Cup. This time around, however, the Swedish statistic was proven to be a farce.
Marcus Kinhult however, wasn’t able to bring home the title. Even though he finished the obstacle-ridden course and finished along with Jon Rahm but he wasn’t able to bring home the title. Alex Noren, however, bagged the prestigious title of the French Open Champion. With 2 bridie shots, he was able to not only bag the French Open Champion title but also became € 1,008,578 richer.
During the final four holes which are also known by the name of “Loop of Doom”, Noren managed two under par while among the opponents only Russell Knox got the four regulation figures. Chris Wood, on the other hand, was the runner-up as he dropped the 15th and 17th. Suri, on the other hand, disappointed with a tally of three over par.
Rahm was a bit unfortunate as he was stuck with a triple bogey on the 7th and a par-4 on the 12th shot. Thomas, on the other hand, exclaimed that he is happy with his performance as he was able to equal par on all four days. He will also return to the 2018 Ryder Cup as a member of the away team.
Noren not only managed to bag the title but was also able to get a total of 132 which is the best by any standard for the 36 holes.
According to Noren, his win was entirely unexpected. He just strived to play the best golf he could. He was extremely happy with his performance.
He further added that his only aim was to get seven or eight under. He further added that this course, has generally not been favorable for him, but his game had improved last year and subsequently this year as well.
Noren now plans to make his European Debut at the 2018 Ryder Cup. He, however, mentioned graciously that it will be a New Cup and a tournament which will be a formidable challenge.
He acknowledged the fact that the pressure levels were pretty high and they will increase even more in the Ryder Cup. He was quick to add that he would first focus on the Open Championship and thereafter think about the Ryder Cup. He will also be practicing pretty hard for the next 10 days to be on top of his game.
Noren would, however, be spending his wife’s birthday in Paris where they plan to stay for a few days.
All is not lost for the other players as Kinhult, Suri and Knox were able to qualify for the Open Championship at Carnoustie. It will be interesting to see if they can beat Alex Noren in that tournament.