Golf Form Guide

Cazoo French Open 2023: Course and current form stats

Le Golf National: Hosted the Ryder Cup in 2018
Le Golf National: A modern stadium course with plenty of water

Continental Europe's oldest national open takes place on the outskirts of Paris this week. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales ...

  • A stadium course with water and sand but few trees

  • Detry 22/123.00 can secure maiden win in mediocre field

  • In-form Bjork 22/123.00 to contend once again


Tournament Notes

• With one week remaining until the Ryder Cup tees-up in Italy, the DP World Tour travels to Le Golf National, where Europe enjoyed a comprehensive victory over the United States in 2018;

• The French Open is the oldest professional national open in Continental Europe, first held in 1906;

• However, Le Golf National's involvement with this event is a lot more recent, staging its first professional open in 1991;

• And with this week's tournament sandwiched between Wentworth's PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup, the field is weaker than normal. Just four members of the world's top 50 will be teeing-up on Thursday.

Course Notes

• Located around 15 miles south-west of Paris city centre, Le Golf National is a modern stadium course with plenty of water and sand, but very few trees.

• Opening for business on October 5th, 1990, the course wasted little time in hosting the French Open for the first time - just eight months later;

• And this week, Le Golf National's Albatros Course will make its 29th appearance on the DP World Tour calendar;

• Water hazards of various descriptions come into play on 10 holes, while the fairways are beautifully contoured;

• The rough is usually heavy, and the putting surfaces are large and undulating;

• In 2024, the course will host both the men's and women's events of the Paris Olympic Games;

• The testing Le Golf National has a capacity for 80,000 spectators.

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Stroke Averages


Lowest Eight At Le Golf National (2016-22)
Average .... (Rounds)
69.67: Alexander Bjork (12)
70.00: Marcus Kinhult (10)
70.63: Jordan Smith (16)
70.65: Andy Sullivan (17)
70.78: Adrian Otaegui (18)
70.79: Ryan Fox (14)
70.80: Hao Tong Li (10)
70.86: Thomas Detry (14)
Min. No. of Rounds = 10
Only those entered this week are included in table

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Cazoo French Open Top Tips: Five To Watch

Alexander Bjork 22/123.00: Three starts at Le Golf National that includes a brace of top-10s. The Swede stood on the podium here six years ago. Currently leads the Strokes Gained: Approach the Green category for the current DP World Tour season.

Thomas Detry 22/123.00: Posted a top-10 at Le Golf National on his most recent visit in 2019. Nine times a podium finisher on Tour but is yet to hold aloft a trophy.

Tom Kim 10/111.00: The highest-ranked golfer teeing-up this week. Has performed solidly since mid-June, a run that included joint-runner-up in The Open and tied-18th at Wentworth.

Min Woo Lee 14/115.00: The world No 45 Aussie followed a tie-for-seventh in Ireland, with a T-14 at Wentworth. Is a two-time winner on the DP World Tour.

Aaron Rai 16/117.00: Tied-second at Wentworth on Sunday, a result which earned the Englishman a career-high No 67 in the World Ranking.

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Note: No tournament in either 2020 & 2021

Last 10 Weeks / Le Golf National (2011-22)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28
Tom Kim 18 17 10 24 2 6
Ryan Fox 1 3 MC 52 12
Min Woo Lee 14 7 41 35
Billy Horschel 18 45 4 13 MC 65
Robert MacIntyre 45 55 4 MC 71 2
Aaron Rai 2 39 49 MC 20 MC
Victor Perez MC MC 11 Wd 41 35
Alexander Bjork 18 MC 2 14 41 35
Thomas Detry 33 23 61 21 13 42
Thriston Lawrence MC 3 47 MC 12 74 MC
Jordan Smith 72 12 20 41 12
Adrian Otaegui 36 45 55 68 4 55 MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 33 45 40 11 MC 25
Rasmus Hojgaard 45 MC MC 39 MC MC
Yannik Paul 45 45 20 10 MC 25
Callum Shinkwin 7 61 MC MC MC
Antoine Rozner MC MC 24 22 20 68
Rikuya Hoshino 25 7 MC MC 39 60
Connor Syme 10 7 3 4 MC 74
Daniel Hillier Wd 12 63 MC 54
Ewen Ferguson MC 54 MC 35 MC 12
Jorge Campillo 28 33 40 31 MC 42
KazukiHiga 61 36 MC MC 19 MC MC
Richie Ramsay 28 61 MC 64 42
Grant Forrest MC 3 MC 27 11
Danny Willett 64 Wd MC MC 68 MC
Tom McKibbin 51 39 32 20 35
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC MC 60 42
Ryo Hisatsune MC MC 13 14 26 10 58
Julien Guerrier Wd 39 25 3 MC
Jens Dantorp MC 45 MC 31 3 MC
Nathan Kimsey 28 MC 57 31 25 2
Marcel Siem MC 16 71 MC 41 42
Hennie Du Plessis 10 54 47 25 6
Marcel Schneider 67 12 45 MC MC 25
Guido Migliozzi MC 16 13 64 54
Paul Waring MC 16 MC 34 Wd
Matthieu Pavon MC 81 45 MC MC
Matthew Jordan 51 MC MC 35 10 77
Sean Crocker MC MC 10 19
Nick Bachem MC 7 MC 4 MC
Dale Whitnell Wd MC MC MC MC 60
Daniel Brown 51 83 14 1 7
Richard Mansell MC 54 MC 24 MC
Matthew Southgate Wd 23 MC 9 23 MC
Simon Forsstrom MC 83 68 MC MC
Calum Hill 51 23 51 MC* 25
Julien Brun 35 16 25 54
Zander Lombard 69 85 40 MC MC
Fabrizio Zanotti MC 70 24 4 MC MC
Daniel Gavins Wd MC MC Wd MC
Kristian Krogh Johannessen 16 MC 39
Matthew Baldwin 28 72 MC 9 MC
Laurie Canter MC MC 17
David Law 51 23 62 MC* 9 MC
Marcus Kinhult MC MC 47 12 20 14
Jazz Janewattananond MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Masahiro Kawamura 45 MC 8 MC 9
JC Ritchie MC MC 24 39 12 10 24
Hao Tong Li MC MC MC MC MC
Edoardo Molinari MC MC MC 11 39 MC
Clement Sordet MC MC MC MC 52
Louis De Jager 36 61 Wd MC MC 16
Alejandro Del Rey 33 MC 25 44
Dan Bradbury 51 MC MC 52 MC 75
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 57 MC MC MC MC
Ugo Coussaud 29 69 2 MC MC 32
Andy Sullivan 36 MC MC MC 47 MC
Adrien Saddier MC 13 MC MC 3
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 54 73 MC MC 35
Nacho Elvira MC 23 MC MC MC
Marcus Armitage MC MC MC 39 17 MC
Johannes Veerman 45 MC 20 62
Joakim Lagergren MC MC MC MC 60 54
Angel Hidalgo Portillo MC MC 52 17 MC 30
Jamie Donaldson MC MC 24 MC
Aguri Iwasaki 39 79 MC MC Wd MC MC
Ross Fisher MC 23 MC MC
Santiago Tarrio 57 90 MC 39 MC MC
Frederik Schott MC 72 52 14 12 MC MC
Alexander Knappe MC 39 MC MC
Soren Kjeldsen MC 72 13 50 MC
Marc Warren Wd MC MC 31 20 MC
Wilco Nienaber MC 40 MC 4 49 28
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 33 MC MC MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 85 40 MC MC*
Oliver Hundeboll Jorgensen MC MC MC 56 MC MC
Max Schmitt MC MC 4 12 MC 41 MC
Jeff Winther MC MC MC 50
Jaco Prinsloo MC MC 12 MC MC MC 40 MC
Mikael Lindberg 36 23 MC MC MC 52
Renato Paratore 15 MC 13 22 MC 45 20
Gunner Wiebe 33 MC MC MC MC
Wil Besseling MC MC MC 14 MC MC
Daan Huizing 36 61 61 MC MC MC
Jeung-Hun Wang MC 61 MC MC MC*
JaydenTreySchaper MC 56 MC 16
James Morrison 18 45 36 39 27 25 MC
John Catlin MC MC 75 31 MC MC MC
John Axelsen MC MC 39 MC 33
Chase Hanna MC 81 68 MC MC* 55 MC
Jeong Weon Ko MC MC 52 MC MC MC
John Parry 33 71 MC 4 MC
Darius Van Driel 36 MC MC MC* MC MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC 39 MC MC MC MC
Lukas Nemecz 61 MC MC MC MC
Jeremy Freiburghaus 76 MC 73 MC MC MC
Martin Simonsen MC 63 25 MC* MC MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 45 MC MC MC 27 MC MC
David Ravetto MC MC 39 MC 9
Bryce Easton 39 MC MC MC MC
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia 10 MC MC MC MC
Ross McGowan MC MC MC 2
Tristen Strydom MC MC MC 56 MC MC
Andrew Wilson 4 72 Dq MC MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC MC 47 MC 50 MC
Alexander Levy MC MC 57 56 50 9
Alejandro Canizares MC
Jeremy Gandon MC 51 MC 6 59
Manu Gandas MC MC 60 20 MC
Borja Virto 37 8 MC MC MC MC MC 44
Pedro Figueiredo 88 MC 22 38 MC
Ricardo Santos 47 MC 31 11
Niklas Lemke MC MC 17
Thomas Aiken MC MC MC MC
John Murphy MC 63 39 MC MC
Dave Horsey MC MC MC 41
Blake Windred MC MC MC MC MC
Christoffer Bring MC MC Wd 16
Gudmundur Kristjansson MC MC MC 24
Oihan Guillamoundeguy 18 31 MC
Garrick Porteous MC 31 MC
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC 39 MC
Rhys Enoch 43 MC MC MC* MC MC 5 MC
Gary Stal Wd MC MC
Joel Stalter MC MC MC
OJ Farrell MC MC MC MC MC MC
Joshua Lee 47 MC MC MC MC* MC MC
Gregory Havret
Clement Guichard
Jerome Lando-Casanova MC MC MC 17 MC 56 34
Andoni Etchenique
Nicolas Colsaerts 72 MC MC MC MC
Gregory Bourdy MC 52 MC
Tobias Eden MC MC
Benjamin Poke MC MC MC MC MC
Mark Power 33 53
David Howell MC MC MC
John Gough MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin
Frank Kennedy MC MC MC MC MC
Graeme Storm
Hugo Le Goff
Darren Strachan
Maxime Legros
Oscar Couilleau
Derek Ackerman MC MC MC
Dimitrios Papadatos MC 43 Wd MC 61 MC 74
Player `22 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11
Tom Kim
Ryan Fox MC 18 44 6
Min Woo Lee
Billy Horschel
Robert MacIntyre 8
Aaron Rai MC MC
Victor Perez 30 16 MC
Alexander Bjork 20 8 3
Thomas Detry 8 16 MC 25
Thriston Lawrence 20
Jordan Smith 7 54 21 30
Adrian Otaegui 13 MC 12 7 33 MC MC MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 20 MC 3 Wd MC MC MC 2
Rasmus Hojgaard 2
Yannik Paul 8
Callum Shinkwin 48 Ret 66 9
Antoine Rozner 11
Rikuya Hoshino
Connor Syme MC MC
Daniel Hillier
Ewen Ferguson MC
Jorge Campillo MC 8 MC 38 15 MC 18 MC
KazukiHiga
Richie Ramsay MC 5 MC MC MC 57 Ret 62 MC 5
Grant Forrest 30
Danny Willett MC MC MC MC 68 MC
Tom McKibbin
Maximilian Kieffer 65 MC MC 16 MC 10 62 MC
Ryo Hisatsune
Julien Guerrier MC MC MC MC 61 64
Jens Dantorp MC 44 MC
Nathan Kimsey 38
Marcel Siem 50 Dq MC 27 53 24 26 MC 1 52
Hennie Du Plessis 60
Marcel Schneider 13
Guido Migliozzi 1 MC
Paul Waring MC 16 59 MC MC
Matthieu Pavon 30 57 MC MC MC
Matthew Jordan MC
Sean Crocker 50
Nick Bachem
Dale Whitnell 26
Daniel Brown
Richard Mansell MC
Matthew Southgate 50 5 MC 11 MC
Simon Forsstrom
Calum Hill
Julien Brun 13 62 MC MC
Zander Lombard 39 MC MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 37 55 33 20 9 42 40 MC
Daniel Gavins MC Dq
Kristian Krogh Johannessen MC
Matthew Baldwin MC MC 5 MC MC
Laurie Canter MC MC
David Law MC
Marcus Kinhult MC 11 5
Jazz Janewattananond 13
Masahiro Kawamura Wd
JC Ritchie
Hao Tong Li 21 7 MC
Edoardo Molinari MC MC MC MC 52 57 35 MC 43
Clement Sordet MC MC MC 45
Louis De Jager MC MC
Alejandro Del Rey
Dan Bradbury
Rafael Cabrera-Bello MC 4 5 35 29 57 MC
Ugo Coussaud
Andy Sullivan Ret 23 21 13 5 6 26 MC
Adrien Saddier 68 32 MC 16 45 69 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen 30 65 MC
Nacho Elvira MC 53 50 MC MC
Marcus Armitage MC
Johannes Veerman 39
Joakim Lagergren 76 MC 57 MC MC
Angel Hidalgo Portillo 65
Jamie Donaldson 6 23 53 32 MC 20 5 6 MC 21
Aguri Iwasaki
Ross Fisher MC MC 7 22 26 34
Santiago Tarrio 50
Frederik Schott
Alexander Knappe MC
Soren Kjeldsen 70 MC 49 MC 15 18 8 9 MC
Marc Warren 39 75 Dq MC 65 MC 26 13 17
Wilco Nienaber MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 45 Dq MC 43 MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 16 3 MC 6 MC MC
Oliver Hundeboll Jorgensen
Max Schmitt 69
Jeff Winther 8 31 MC
Jaco Prinsloo
Mikael Lindberg
Renato Paratore MC 40 MC MC MC MC
Gunner Wiebe
Wil Besseling MC
Daan Huizing MC 56
Jeung-Hun Wang 48 MC Ret 22
JaydenTreySchaper
James Morrison 70 57 49 MC MC 2 MC 52 31 7
John Catlin
John Axelsen
Chase Hanna MC
Jeong Weon Ko 57
John Parry 58 MC MC 52 MC
Darius Van Driel 45
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen 20
Lukas Nemecz 30
Jeremy Freiburghaus
Martin Simonsen
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC
David Ravetto MC
Bryce Easton
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia 30
Ross McGowan MC MC
Tristen Strydom
Andrew Wilson 26
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 60
Alexander Levy MC 65 57 56 MC 35 52 MC MC
Alejandro Canizares MC 40 MC MC MC MC 42 MC 47
Jeremy Gandon MC MC
Manu Gandas
Borja Virto MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC Dq
Ricardo Santos 50 35 MC 57
Niklas Lemke 39 32
Thomas Aiken MC 23 Wd 59 54 MC
John Murphy
Dave Horsey 39 32 27 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Blake Windred
Christoffer Bring
Gudmundur Kristjansson
Oihan Guillamoundeguy 45
Garrick Porteous MC MC
Richard McEvoy MC 66 53 MC MC MC
Rhys Enoch
Gary Stal 16 MC 33 18 MC MC
Joel Stalter MC MC MC 49 MC
OJ Farrell
Joshua Lee
Gregory Havret MC 49 23 38 MC MC MC 40 21
Clement Guichard
Jerome Lando-Casanova 32 27 MC
Andoni Etchenique
Nicolas Colsaerts 26 1 MC 55 22 MC 59 11 11
Gregory Bourdy MC 29 MC 57 25 24 12 34 MC MC
Tobias Eden
Benjamin Poke
Mark Power
David Howell MC MC MC MC MC 49 35 8 4 MC
John Gough
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC 37 MC MC 24 MC MC 3 MC
Frank Kennedy
Graeme Storm MC 38 MC 33 MC 3 MC 11
Hugo Le Goff MC
Darren Strachan
Maxime Legros
Oscar Couilleau
Derek Ackerman
Dimitrios Papadatos MC

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