Pure product of the formation made in the USA, domiciled in Fort Worth (Texas), member in 2021-22 of the PGA Tour, Paul Barjon will play his first Open de France. Just 30 years old.
Paul Barjon, statements
"I am very excited !
It has been fourteen years since I played the Albatros course. Since the French championships… minimal. So I've been hoping to play for a while. It has never been well pinned between the calendars and the different championships, whether European, world championship or anything else.
It is a fantastic course, very well prepared. It has been modified a little since the end of the minimal French championships (he smiles). I don't have a lot of memories of this route. So I have the impression that it's the same except for hole n°11, which changes a little...
But it's still a difficult course, world-class, a Major course... This week, there's no doesn't have a huge amount of rough, so that'll make it in quotes easier. I don't really have any goal. But I am a competitor.
We always want to win. The objective here will also be to remain patient, while trying to play smart on this course which can be unforgiving if you are too aggressive" "There is still a little bitter taste in terms of sensations but in the end, it is a good experience.
I drew some conclusions about my game. There are things to work on, to review… The things that were a little lacking compared to the level of the best, especially on the attacks of greens, between 110 and 160 meters.
I put myself in difficult situations in this area of the game. On the other hand, on the driving side, I think I had a good season. We will also try to be a little more regular on bad weeks" "I will take part in one or two qualifications on the PGA Tour (Monday qualifier)… I will thus qualify in Las Vegas (Shriners Children's Open – October 6 to 9) and then one or two more before the end of the year calendar.
I also saw that there were one or two stages in Australia on the DP World Tour 2023. I don't know if I will go there, which would allow me somewhere to go see my parents. But it's by invitation. Nothing is sure so... "A word on the LIV Golf? I don't know if it's good for golf.
I don't know if for the PGA Tour banning everyone is a good thing too… In the end, the PGA Tour players benefit from the situation since the prize money has increased. Hoping that this is also the case in Europe… This has moved the monetary part of golf in the right direction.
Afterwards, it's still weird that the LIV guys want to recover world points on invitational events and over three rounds... It's a bit of a Mickey Mouse tournament! To me, that's not real golf. But I think it's good for boys who are at the end of their career"