Thomas Levet was the local hero as he won the Alstom Open de France after finishing on seven-under par on the last day in Paris as Peter Lawrie was once again the best of the Irish.
Levet beat off opposition to the title from England’s Mark Foster and Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen as his last day score of one-under was enough to win the tournament by one stroke.
German Martin Kaymer came close behind Foster and Olesen, who tied for second on six-under, but will be disappointed with his final day score of two-over par as his second and third days in Paris looked to put him in serious contention to win the tournament after shooting a 69 and 67 respectively.
Levet’s consistency was the winning factor for him in the end as a steady score of one-under for three out of the four days but his play on Saturday gave him the edge to go on and secure the title; despite a double bogey on the 18th on Saturday, his tally of six birdies helped him achieve his 67 for that day.
Compatriots Mark Foster and James Morrison will feel their play on the last day really scuppered their own chances of winning the French title; Morrison’s brilliant start to the tournament saw him card a 66 on both Thursday and Friday while Foster shot 68 every day except Sunday when the Englishman two-over foiled his own chances.
Morrison ended up tied for 7th with Hennie Otto and Brendan Steele after his dream start turned into a nightmare as he finished up with a fourth round score of seven-over to leave him on two-over par for the tournament.
Peter Lawrie tied for 21 with a score of two-over for the tournament. The Dubliner twice shot a score of 70 to recover from the previous day, as his first and third round scores of 74 and 72 limited his chances of challenging for a place higher up the leader board.
Paul McGinley’s relatively good start was quickly forgotten by the third and fourth rounds after shooting a 77 and a 79 was enough to see him in the regrettable double figures column, finally ending his score for the tournament on 14-over par.
He can take a positive from the Open de France as it was the first time he had made the cut since the Korean Open in May.
Darren Clarke and Shane Lowry missed the cut after poor first round scores from both men were too much for them to recover from.
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