Open de France 2018: Course and form stats for this week's European Tour event

German golfer Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer: A former champion at Le Golf National
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The French Open is one of the longest-running tournaments in European golf. Andy Swales provides course and current form stats for this week's event at Le Golf National ...

"Last year's champion Tommy Fleetwood proved you can win here without a strong course history. The Englishman emerged victorious having never previously survived the 36-hole cut at Le Golf National."

Tournament No.3 in this season's Rolex Series takes the European Tour to Versailles, and the prestigious French Open.

Le Golf National, located around 20 miles south-west of Paris city centre, will offer this week's competitors a glimpse of what to expect when the same venue hosts the Ryder Cup in a little over three months.

Opened in October 1990, Le Golf National is a modern stadium course with plenty of water and sand, but few trees.

Water hazards of various descriptions come into play on 10 holes - and particularly on the back nine - while the fairways and greens are beautifully contoured.

This is the 26th time that the continent of Europe's most important national open will have been staged at this spectacular course, which has also been selected to host the Olympic golf events of 2024.

As expected, the tournament has attracted a good field, with American Justin Thomas opting for an early taste of this year's Ryder Cup layout.

Course Debutant

Another first time visitor to Le Golf National, and probably with the Ryder Cup in mind, is Sergio Garcia whose form has been poor for more than three months.

However, he did show some improvement last week with a top-12 finish in Germany, following a run of five missed cuts from six starts.

The BMW International Open was also a good event for Martin Kaymer who tied-for-second in Cologne, representing his highest finish since September 2015.

For Kaymer, a two-time major winner whose world ranking had dropped to 127, it was his second top-10 in three outings.

The German is also a course specialist at Le Golf National where he is a former winner, and can boast seven further top-15 finishes.

Ian Poulter has twice stood on the podium in Paris, while Rafa Cabrera-Bello's most recent two visits have each yielded a top-five finish.

In-form Thorbjorn Olesen is another golfer with a brace of top-threes at Le Golf National, and his fellow Scandinavian Alex Noren played well here in both 2016 and 2017.

Defending Champion

However, last year's champion Tommy Fleetwood proved you can win here without a strong course history.

The Englishman emerged victorious having never previously survived the 36-hole cut at Le Golf National.

And if you are seeking a lower-ranked pro, with a higher SP than any of those already mentioned, then Soren Kjeldsen and Mike Lorenzo-Vera might be worth considering each-way.

Both have played well at the course in the past and have shown some reasonable form during spring and early summer.

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W25 W24 W23 W22 W21 W20 W19 W18 W17 W16 W15 W14
Justin Thomas 56 25 8 11 21 MC 17
Jon Rahm MC 5 63 MC 1 4
Tommy Fleetwood 59 2 23 20 7 MC 4 17
Alex Noren 25 23 3 17 MC MC
Sergio Garcia 12 MC MC 70 MC MC MC
Tyrrell Hatton 6 MC MC MC 42 MC 44
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 36 4 8 17 MC MC 38
Ian Poulter 25 8 20 11 22 7 44
Matthew Fitzpatrick 12 30 8 46 14 38
Ross Fisher 48 MC 8 71 63 MC MC MC
Hao Tong Li 16 19 43 MC 32 32
Alexander Levy MC 65 52 MC 14 1
Dylan Frittelli MC 30 MC MC 20 32 MC
Thomas Pieters 18 14 MC 39 66 MC
Paul Dunne 30 MC 7 MC 2
Thorbjorn Olesen 2 MC 1 60 MC 37 46
Alexander Bjork 33 MC 27 1 3 39
Adrian Otaegui 56 36 MC 1 2 19 12
Shubhankar Sharma MC MC 20 14 MC MC
Julian Suri 51 29 43 53 58
Shane Lowry MC 30 52 15 46 34 28
Jorge Campillo 33 60 MC 5 3 46 5
Matt Wallace 1 MC 51 20 3 MC MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 19 43 8 2 62 34
Lee Westwood 5 27
Eddie Pepperell Dq 51 43 14 MC MC
Chris Paisley 26 MC MC MC 4 MC
George Coetzee MC MC 43 MC 4
Dean Burmester 56 30 12 3 MC Dq 71
Mikko Korhonen 2 1 MC 15 26 41 MC
Russell Knox 38 12 44 20 16 MC 7 MC 40
Andy Sullivan 9 5 35 3 7 21
Hideto Tanihara MC* 35 MC 9
Lucas Bjerregaard 5 71 3 5 6 MC
Jordan Smith 8 MC 46 3 52 MC
Ryan Fox 41 8 43 65 37 12 MC
Martin Kaymer 2 MC 8 MC MC 42 MC 73 48
Fabrizio Zanotti 60 15 MC MC
Chris Wood 33 36 27 MC MC
Darren Fichardt MC* 7 52 58
Wade Ormsby 16 30 71 MC MC 52
Pablo Larrazabal Wd MC 27 MC 21
Joakim Lagergren MC MC 1 37 3 MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 3 MC MC 7 MC MC 28
Andrew Johnston 62 42 MC 12
Erik Van Rooyen 42 20 46 MC 7 21
Paul Peterson MC MC MC MC
Dave Horsey 40 7 MC MC MC 36 MC
Benjamin Hebert 23 35 2 MC 13
Jeung-Hun Wang MC MC* 52 7 13 MC
Julien Guerrier MC 51 MC 6 20 MC 9
Richie Ramsay MC MC 35 46 32 72
Marcus Kinhult 59 MC 12 63 MC MC
Graeme McDowell MC MC 5 12 MC 27 22 51 55
Scott Jamieson 12 MC* MC 53 MC MC
Poom Saksansin 15 2 41 14 MC MC MC
Jazz Janewattananond 32 6 4 37 MC 12 56 28
Jason Scrivener MC 21 MC MC 20 MC 73
Callum Shinkwin MC 8 MC 65 MC 13 28
Matthew Southgate MC MC 27 12 48
David Lipsky 18 65 27 23 45 MC 67
Matthieu Pavon 25 MC 64 MC MC MC MC
Nacho Elvira 9 42 MC 14 22 3
Gavin Green 73 MC* 52 34 56 MC 46
Oscar Lengden 23 4 31 35 1 9 31
Soren Kjeldsen 7 23 42 MC 17 Wd MC MC
Renato Paratore MC MC MC MC 61 21
Lee Slattery 45 19 3 MC 58 MC 32 MC
Scott Hend 7 6 14 MC 64 MC MC
Richard Sterne 51 65 MC 22 34
Haydn Porteous 51 51 43 39 41 MC MC
Aaron Rai 5 51 MC 46 20 52 12
Adam Bland MC 12 23 MC 28 MC MC MC
Prayad Marksaeng MC 6 44 MC
Phachara Khongwatmai MC 30 MC MC MC 12 56 66 MC
Shiv Kapur MC Wd 29 66 53
Jacques Kruyswijk MC 14 20 MC 14 MC 9
Thomas Detry 18 36 43 33 MC 19 MC
Robert Rock 42 20 36 28
Tapio Pulkkanen 38 MC MC 63 56 36 21
Sam Horsfield 59 MC 15 41 MC 32 MC MC
Oliver Fisher MC 21 MC 10 MC 52 MC
Lorenzo Gagli 63 23 14 20 20 2 36 MC
Jin Ho Choi MC 35 MC MC 31 20 7 MC 58
Andrew Dodt MC 51 MC 27 32 MC
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC MC 45 2 MC
Stephen Gallacher MC MC 52 12 MC 52
Paul Waring MC MC 52 11 9 63
Marc Warren MC MC 60 MC MC 46 5
Daisuke Kataoka 32 30 38 27 16 MC MC MC MC
Clement Sordet MC MC MC MC 45 MC MC
Andres Romero 45 MC* MC MC 5
David Drysdale 40 65 MC 3 MC MC MC
Austin Connelly 40 19 51 MC MC 11 MC 13 63
Mikko Ilonen MC MC 14 3
Romain Wattel MC MC 59 56 52
Matthias Schwab 40 12 42 10 28 20 MC 28
Ryan Evans MC 47 60 MC 59 11 46 MC
Andrea Pavan 56 23 MC 52 MC 9 11 3 21
Nino Bertasio MC Wd MC 60 70 32 59 34
Jens Dantorp MC 42 35 46 48 MC 67
Alejandro Canizares MC MC 12
Pedro Oriol MC MC MC MC 46 MC 29 39
Thongchai Jaidee MC MC 8 MC MC 73
Oliver Farr MC 7 MC MC 25 26 MC MC
Victor Perez 66 MC MC 6 41 48 MC 27
Sam Brazel MC MC MC MC MC
Brandon Stone MC 65 60 MC MC 22 39
SSP Chawrasia MC MC MC MC 41 MC 40
Maximilian Kieffer 12 MC 42 28 MC 41 12
Ashun Wu 47 60 64 MC 7 29 34
Adrien Saddier 74 51 35 MC MC MC MC
Connor Syme 45 2 MC MC MC 74 MC
Robert Karlsson MC MC MC 15 MC MC
Brett Rumford 42 MC MC MC MC 5
Marcus Fraser MC 19 MC MC 34 MC 32 22 46
Justin Walters 9 3 22 34 MC
Richard Bland MC 70 35 MC MC MC MC
Steven Brown MC MC MC MC 7 65 MC
Nick Cullen 45 12 34 26 MC
Sebastian Heisele MC MC* MC MC MC 4 MC MC
James Morrison MC 23 MC 46 MC 65 MC MC
Jamie Donaldson Wd MC* MC MC MC 32 MC
Chase Koepka 63 MC MC MC MC 34 MC MC
Marcel Siem MC MC MC MC 56 19
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC 14 13 37 46 28 9 42 24
Chris Hanson MC MC MC MC MC 27 41 MC
Jens Fahrbring 37 10 59 20
Jeff Winther MC 30 MC MC 17 14 MC 34
Thomas Aiken MC 30 MC MC 14 MC MC
Edoardo Molinari 16 MC MC 9 45 MC MC
Bradley Dredge 26 38 23 MC MC MC 13 52
Matteo Manassero MC 36 27 20 20 46 39
Danny Willett MC 8 MC MC MC MC
Gregory Bourdy 33 MC MC MC 74 MC 62 46
Lasse Jensen 45 MC 27 MC 27 MC MC
Scott Fernandez MC 7 MC 43 26 34 MC MC
Richard McEvoy 26 MC 15 MC 34 MC
Ashley Chesters 63 7 MC MC MC 20 MC MC
Charlie Ford 66 38 23 MC MC MC MC 63
Florian Fritsch MC MC 16 MC 63 MC
Jason Norris MC MC* MC MC MC 27 Wd 58
Gregory Havret MC MC* MC 38 MC MC MC
Ricardo Gouveia MC MC MC MC 45 59 52
Nico Geyger 18 10 MC MC 20 MC 23 4 MC MC
Marcel Schneider MC MC 1 25 46 MC MC 66 58
Tano Goya 19 MC 46 MC 15 57 MC
Gavin Moynihan 6 MC Wd MC MC MC MC
Bernd Ritthammer MC 50 11 MC 55 MC 38 27
James Heath 45 MC 68 4 MC 72 MC
Adrian Meronk 19 22 35 18 14 23 42 43
Ben Evans 14 12 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 33 14 30 MC 19 MC 24 Wd MC
Henric Sturehed 51 50 Wd 52 5
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 33 MC* MC 26 26 46 22 28
Felipe Aguilar 51 MC Dq MC 59 MC 65 17 MC 28
Zander Lombard MC MC MC MC MC 34 MC MC
Carlos Pigem MC MC MC MC 20 MC MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin 66 3 MC MC MC 41 MC
Romain Langasque MC 35 MC 51 MC MC 23 22
Thomas Linard MC MC 7 20 23 MC 58 9 MC
Laurie Canter MC MC* 36 31 26 29 MC
Daniel Brooks Wd MC 73 67 MC 48 MC 66 MC
Christofer Blomstrand 26 MC 4 MC MC MC MC
Bradley Neil 33 MC MC 58 MC MC MC MC 58
Tom Murray 62 5 15 MC MC 34 MC 9 63
Ross McGowan MC 38 51 46 MC MC 2 MC MC
Daniel Im MC MC* MC* MC MC 48 MC MC MC
Christopher Mivis 18 MC MC 40 41 MC 23 MC 59
Matthew Baldwin MC MC MC 9 55 MC 52
Pep Angles MC Wd MC MC 14 48 MC 46
Sebastien Gros 26 MC 27 MC 48 MC 12
Thomas Bjorn MC 41 MC
Mark Foster 12 30 MC MC MC MC MC
Julien Quesne 40 22 Wd MC MC 54 MC MC
Soomin Lee MC MC MC MC MC 14 Dq MC
Pontus Widegren MC MC MC MC Dq 41 MC
Jonathan Thomson MC MC* MC MC MC 66 39
Rak Hyun Cho MC MC MC 64 41 MC MC MC 12
Anders Hansen MC 43 46
David Howell 26 42 MC MC 36 39
Josh Geary MC MC 51 10 MC 26 46 MC
Trevor Immelman 60 58 MC
Matthew Nixon 18 MC* 16 MC 48 26 46 MC
Jose Maria Olazabal MC MC
Ben Stow 19 18 23 MC 55 41 MC 53 56
Seung-Su Han MC 13 57 6 MC 9 21
Yusaku Miyazato MC 70 Wd 6 18 13 12 MC
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Justin Thomas
Jon Rahm 10
Tommy Fleetwood 1 MC MC MC MC
Alex Noren 10 8 MC 15 37 78 MC MC
Sergio Garcia
Tyrrell Hatton MC 33 12 MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 4 5 35 29 57 MC 69 MC
Ian Poulter 45 25 4 18 3 30
Matthew Fitzpatrick MC MC MC 26
Ross Fisher 7 22 26 34 MC 64
Hao Tong Li 7 MC
Alexander Levy 57 56 MC 35 52 MC MC
Dylan Frittelli MC
Thomas Pieters 13 16 Dq 29
Paul Dunne 13 MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 3 Wd MC MC MC 2
Alexander Bjork 3
Adrian Otaegui 7 33 MC MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma
Julian Suri
Shane Lowry MC 17 MC MC 50
Jorge Campillo MC 38 15 MC 18 MC
Matt Wallace MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 3 MC 6 MC MC MC MC MC
Lee Westwood 10 11 MC 40 18 2 5
Eddie Pepperell 23 45 Wd MC MC
Chris Paisley MC 38 MC MC
George Coetzee MC MC 17 37
Dean Burmester MC
Mikko Korhonen 38 MC 33 26
Russell Knox MC
Andy Sullivan 13 5 6 26 MC
Hideto Tanihara MC
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 45 MC MC
Jordan Smith 30
Ryan Fox 6
Martin Kaymer 57 5 4 12 13 70 4 6 1 MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 55 33 20 9 42 40 MC 48 MC MC
Chris Wood Wd 11 MC MC MC 37 65
Darren Fichardt MC MC MC MC MC MC
Wade Ormsby MC MC 11 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 16 MC MC 61 MC MC 31 1
Joakim Lagergren 57 MC MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 55 22 MC 59 11 11 MC
Andrew Johnston 23 30
Erik Van Rooyen
Paul Peterson MC
Dave Horsey MC MC MC MC MC MC MC 31
Benjamin Hebert MC MC MC MC MC 42
Jeung-Hun Wang Ret 22
Julien Guerrier MC MC 61 64 MC MC
Richie Ramsay MC MC 57 Ret 62 MC 5 41 MC
Marcus Kinhult
Graeme McDowell MC MC MC 1 1 17 MC 13
Scott Jamieson MC MC MC 18 59 28 MC
Poom Saksansin
Jazz Janewattananond
Jason Scrivener 38 MC 33
Callum Shinkwin 66 9
Matthew Southgate MC 11 MC
David Lipsky MC MC 41
Matthieu Pavon MC MC
Nacho Elvira 50 MC MC
Gavin Green
Oscar Lengden
Soren Kjeldsen MC 15 18 8 9 MC 26 13 7
Renato Paratore MC MC MC
Lee Slattery MC MC 45 25 MC MC
Scott Hend 32 56 57
Richard Sterne 50 11 56 2 31 37 MC
Haydn Porteous 32 MC
Aaron Rai
Adam Bland
Prayad Marksaeng
Phachara Khongwatmai 69
Shiv Kapur MC MC 18 23 MC 80 MC 21
Jacques Kruyswijk
Thomas Detry MC 25
Robert Rock 30 Wd 57 MC MC MC 26 56 70
Tapio Pulkkanen
Sam Horsfield
Oliver Fisher 50 MC MC 9 MC MC MC MC 7
Lorenzo Gagli 63 40 11
Jin Ho Choi
Andrew Dodt MC MC 65 MC Ret MC 18
Alvaro Quiros MC MC Ret MC MC MC MC 32 42 64
Stephen Gallacher MC MC 18 8 MC 30 56 MC MC
Paul Waring 16 59 MC MC 60 6
Marc Warren MC 65 MC 26 13 17 MC 60 MC
Daisuke Kataoka
Clement Sordet MC 45
Andres Romero MC
David Drysdale 16 MC MC MC 42 11 MC MC 50
Austin Connelly
Mikko Ilonen MC 25 45 MC 54 MC 53
Romain Wattel MC 30 MC MC 29 MC MC 32 MC
Matthias Schwab
Ryan Evans
Andrea Pavan MC MC MC
Nino Bertasio 62 MC
Jens Dantorp MC
Alejandro Canizares MC MC MC MC 42 MC 47 2 13 30
Pedro Oriol 57
Thongchai Jaidee 62 1 10 2 MC 15 26 MC 31 36
Oliver Farr MC
Victor Perez
Sam Brazel MC
Brandon Stone MC 5 MC
SSP Chawrasia MC 65 MC MC MC 76 MC
Maximilian Kieffer 16 MC 10 62 MC
Ashun Wu MC MC
Adrien Saddier 16 45 69 MC
Connor Syme
Robert Karlsson MC 62 MC 4 Wd 13
Brett Rumford MC Ret MC MC MC 74 MC
Marcus Fraser MC 15 MC MC 42 42 MC
Justin Walters MC 45 MC MC
Richard Bland MC MC 15 MC MC 54 18
Steven Brown
Nick Cullen
Sebastian Heisele MC
James Morrison MC MC 2 MC 52 31 7 MC
Jamie Donaldson 32 MC 20 5 6 MC 21 MC 60 21
Chase Koepka
Marcel Siem 27 53 24 26 MC 1 52 18 Wd
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Chris Hanson 57 45
Jens Fahrbring 45 MC
Jeff Winther MC
Thomas Aiken 23 Wd 59 54 MC 74
Edoardo Molinari MC 52 57 35 MC 43 42 MC
Bradley Dredge 27 MC MC MC 15 51 MC MC
Matteo Manassero MC MC MC 48 25 17 30 26
Danny Willett MC MC MC 68 MC 5 10 13
Gregory Bourdy 57 25 24 12 34 MC MC 6 70 39
Lasse Jensen 32 38 57 MC
Scott Fernandez
Richard McEvoy 53 MC MC MC MC
Ashley Chesters MC
Charlie Ford
Jason Norris
Florian Fritsch 45 MC MC 64
Gregory Havret 23 38 MC MC MC 40 21 MC MC 53
Ricardo Gouveia 38 16
Nico Geyger
Marcel Schneider
Tano Goya MC 35 52 MC MC MC MC
Gavin Moynihan
Bernd Ritthammer MC
James Heath 62
Adrian Meronk
Ben Evans MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 38 31 MC 31 48
Henric Sturehed
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Felipe Aguilar 45 MC 65 26 18 68 30 26 MC 60
Zander Lombard MC
Carlos Pigem MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC 24 MC MC 3 MC 18 50 53
Romain Langasque 50 33
Thomas Linard MC MC MC 59
Laurie Canter
Daniel Brooks 38 MC 20 MC MC MC
Christofer Blomstrand
Bradley Neil MC
Tom Murray MC
Ross McGowan MC 54 MC
Daniel Im 66 25 MC
Christopher Mivis
Matthew Baldwin MC 5 MC MC
Pep Angles 50
Sebastien Gros 69 MC
Thomas Bjorn 69 61 33 MC 8 57 18 58 MC
Mark Foster MC 27 26 MC 28 2 6 42 MC
Julien Quesne 62 16 27 43 MC MC MC MC
Soomin Lee MC MC
Pontus Widegren MC
Jonathan Thomson
Rak Hyun Cho
Anders Hansen 16 MC 48 38 11 30 26 4 MC
David Howell MC MC 49 35 8 4 MC MC Dq MC
Josh Geary
Trevor Immelman MC
Matthew Nixon MC 12 38 26
Jose Maria Olazabal MC Ret MC 28 MC 54
Ben Stow
Seung-Su Han
Yusaku Miyazato
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