As the Cazoo Open de France kicks off at the Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Pascal Grizot, the President of the French Golf Federation, has confirmed that the 2025 Open de France will not be held on the Albatros course for the first time since 2002.
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The construction of the Grand Paris Line 18 will require the Golf National to close the course that famously hosted the 2018 Ryder Cup, following the 2024 Olympic Games (with golf events scheduled for August 1-4 for men and August 7-10 for women).
"The metro line will pass very close to the 4th hole," acknowledged Philippe Pilato, director of the Golf National.
"The green for the 4th hole will need to be shifted, which will also require moving the tee-off for the 5th hole and consequently its green, to ensure the hole is not too short. All these changes could even affect the 6th hole."
These alterations have forced the French Golf Federation to relocate the 2025 Open de France.
Pascal Grizot is yet unsure of the venue for the 2025 edition, but a provincial course might be favored over one in the Île-de-France region.
The DP World Tour, the tournament's promoter, is reported to have already secured its title sponsor for the 2025 and 2026 seasons, and discussions will be held with this main partner to determine the future location of the Open de France.
This significant change marks a departure from Guyancourt, the event's long-time host for the past two decades.
It adds another layer of uncertainty as the DP World Tour merges with the PGA Tour and the LIV Golf... The French Open or Cazoo Open de France is the oldest and most important golf tournament in continental Europe. The French Open is 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, 2022 on the National Golf course. The grant will be three million euros. The last edition took place in 2019 and was won by Belgian player Nicolas Colsaerts. The 2020 and 2021 editions were canceled due to the coronavirus disease pandemi.
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