Rasmus Hojgaard's show continues at the Open de France. In Guyancourt, in the DP World Tour tournament, the Dane, thanks to a partial of 65 (-6) out of a total of 127 (62 65, -15), reaffirmed his leadership and, halfway through the race, is on the run.
On the Le Golf National course (par 71), which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2018, the 21-year-old from Billund took off. And when there are 36 holes left from the end of the competition, he boasts a six-stroke advantage over Frenchman Paul Barjon, 2 / o with 133 (-9) ahead of South African George Coetzee, 3 / o with 134 (-8).
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Among the Azzurri, the best is still Guido Migliozzi, who however slips from 21st to 34th position with 140 (69 71, par) after a round with three birdies and as many bogeys. Francesco Laporta also enters the final phase of the tournament, 64 / o with 142 (par).
While they came out to the cut: Renato Paratore (143, +1), Lorenzo Gagli (143, +1) and Edoardo Molinari (145, +3). Seven birdies and a bogey (in the second round) for Rasmus Hojgaard who in France, in an event that is giving away 3 million euros, chases the fourth success on the DP World Tour a year and a month after his latest exploit (arrived in Switzerland on 29 August 2021 at the Omega European Masters).
The Open de France is a golf tournament of the PGA European Tour. First held in 1906, this event is the oldest National Open Championship in continental European golf and has been a fixture on the tournament calendar since the inception of the European Tour in 1972.
The first winner of the Open de France was Frenchman Arnaud Massy, who won the title four times (1906, 1907, 1911 and 1925). Among the prominent winners were Walter Hagen (1920), Henry Cotton (1946 and 1947), Roberto DeVicenzo (1950, 1960 and 1964), Byron Nelson (1955), Peter Oosterhuis (1973 and 1974) and afterwards a whole host of world-class golfers Europe and Overseas.
The four-time winner Severiano Ballesteros and the three-time winner Nick Faldo deserve special mention. Before the 1999 tournament, it was announced that doping controls would be carried out. As a result, 15 golfers canceled their participation at short notice. From the turn of the millennium, the French golf association, the Fédération Française de Golf, made every effort to upgrade this championship.
One of the measures was the waiver of naming a sponsor in the title of the tournament. From 2004 onwards, qualifying competitions based on the Open Championship and the US Open will also be open to amateurs. The prize money was increased from €865,000 (1999) to €4 million (2006).
This makes the Open de France one of the highest-paying events on the European Tour, apart from the Major Championships and the World Golf Championships. In 2017 and 2018 it was part of the newly created Rolex series with prize money of US$ 7 million. In 2019, the tournament was held in October and the prize money was reduced to 1.6 million euros.