2019 European Tour Tracker

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This week: Amundi Open de France

What: European Tour Event: Amundi Open de France
Where: Le Golf National - Albatros Course
Miles Travelled:

1,560 miles

Short Description:
My Role This Week:

I’m the Press Officer for the Amundi Open de France. This week I’m helping to arrange interviews for our broadcast partners, producing reports from the tournament, and working with our French press officer to look after local media requests.

This week I have packed up my Ogio bags and headed to Le Golf National for the Amundi Open de France. This is continental Europe’s oldest national open, dating back to 1906, and has been played at this famed course on the outskirts of Paris for the past 18 years. Le Golf National is also well known as the host venue of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

The last French winner of the event was Thomas Levet back in 2011, but the home fans might be quietly confident of a win for one of their local heroes this week, with the three men in this picture – Benjamin Hebert, Victor Perez and Romain Langasque – all riding high in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

The last time I worked at this venue was during that famous European Ryder Cup victory last September. The lay-out of the Albatros Course, with the natural amphitheatres around the greens and the spectacular final stretch of holes surrounded by water, led to many comments that this was one of the greatest Ryder Cup venues. There are certainly plenty of reminders of that wonderful week all around the venue.

Alex Noren, this week’s defending champion, knows a thing or two about this course. The Swede secured his tenth European Tour title at Le Golf National last summer, and a few months later made his Ryder Cup debut here as part of Thomas Bjørn’s victorious side. He was at the heart of one of the iconic moments of the week – with the team victory already confirmed and the celebrations going on around him, he holed a monster putt for a birdie on the last to beat Bryson DeChambeau 1up, putting the gloss on the 17½-10½ triumph and sparking wild celebrations on the 18th green. He was, of course, very happy to answer questions about his memories of this venue and that very special moment during his preview interviews this week.

We’re lucky enough to be staying in beautiful Versaille, just a stone’s throw from the magnificent Palace of Versaille – the historic former royal residence of Louis XIV and Louis XVI, and now a major tourist attraction. Of course, this historic town is filled with amazing restaurants where we’ve enjoyed plenty of local delicacies – and yes, snails were on the menu…

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