A few weeks after the French Open, a person sent by the DP World Tour will pick up the balls in the ponds of the Golf National. For the good cause.
French Open, balls
It is a practice that happens more and more on golf courses: the collection of balls lost in ponds to give them a second life.
The DP World Tour followed suit. The European circuit has indeed created the Golf Ball Container which aims to recover balls on certain events. They will thus be offered to programs aimed at the development of golf. To do this, the DP World Tour sends a diver to retrieve the balls from the bottom of the water obstacles after certain stages of the circuit to get as many as possible.
Spectators and partners are also invited to deposit balls in the container made available for the occasion. The French Open is one of the six events of the season where this operation takes place. The DP World Tour diver will come in October to the various obstacles on the course located in Guyancourt (78) to try to recover the balls lost by the champions.
The Open de France or Cazoo Open de France1 is the oldest and most important golf tournament in continental Europe. The French Open has been an official event of the DP World Tour (formerly PGA European Tour) of the European circuit (1st division) since its creation in 1972.
The 2022 edition will take place from September 22 to 25, 20222 on the National Golf course. The endowment will be three million euros3. The last edition took place in 2019 and was won by Belgian player Nicolas Colsaerts. The 2020 and 2021 editions have been canceled due to the coronavirus disease pandemic.
It was in 1906 at the Paris golf course - which has since become La Boulie - that the first French Open6 International Championship took place. It was won by Arnaud Massy who won a total of four editions of this tournament (in 1906, 1907, 1911 and 1925).
It was contested, before the pandemic, every year towards the end of June between the American Open and the British Open. The sponsor of the 2017 and 2018 editions, the Chinese conglomerate HNA8, had set the endowment at seven million dollars, or €6,634,740, allowing the Open de France to integrate - for two years - the prestigious Rolex Series.
In 2018, HNA, faced with financial difficulties, ended its sponsorship9. In 2019, the allocation was only 1.6 million euros.