Quintuple, the Rasmus Højgaard's nightmare



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Quintuple, the Rasmus Højgaard's nightmare

Rasmus Højgaard went through hell on hole n°2 of the Albatros at the Golf National. 3 times the Dane's ball ended up in the penalty area. But the triple winner on the DP World Tour, barely 21 years old, showed great bravery to retain the lead in the standings.

Something to make him very proud of.

Rasmus Højgaard, results

It takes exceptional resilience to recover from such a “Bérézina“. Starting with a 6-stroke lead, Rasmus Højgaard sank from hole n°2 of the Albatross by sending 3 balls into the water on this formidable par 3.

The tee times had however been advanced and the players for the most part played a wedge. Result, a fivefold bogey which put all his opponents in the race. But the Dane, the 3rd youngest winner in the history of the European Tour, was not let down.

Overtaken by Paul Barjon in the standings on the next hole, he managed to regain control of the tournament at the dawn of the last round. Le Golf national is a French golf course located in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, in the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France region.

It consists of two 18-hole courses: the Albatros which hosts high-level competitions, the Aigle for golfers of all levels, as well as a 9-hole “school” course, the Oiselet. From the beginning of the 1980s, the new president of the French Golf Federation (FFG), Claude Roger Cartier, envisaged the construction of a permanent site capable of hosting major competitions and in particular the Open de France whose importance in Europe grows continuously.

This one then turns to the French architect Hubert Chesneau, then president of the National Sporting Commission, so that he establishes a course without however indicating him where it would be located. Wishing to speed up the operation due to the significant success of the exhibition tournaments of Severiano Ballesteros and Jack Nicklaus at the golf course of La Boulie.

Hubert Chesneau then proposed land located astride three towns in the southwest of Paris: Guyancourt, Magny-les-Hameaux and Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. The latter having already participated in the construction of buildings within the new town of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, manages to convince the Mayors of the three municipalities.

In May 1986, he sketched, with the help of Pierre Thevenin, the plans for two 18-hole courses, a driving range, a training center, a hotel and the headquarters of the French Federation. This project will be presented by Claude Cartier to the Secretary of State in charge of Youth and Sports Christian Bergelin, to the Regional Council of Île-de-France as well as to Paul-Louis Tenaillon, the President of the Departmental Council of Yvelines, who will give their approval to its realization.