Matthieu Pavon, historic success for a French

Matthieu Pavon achieved historic success in the United States, becoming the first Frenchman since World War II to win on the PGA Tour

by Andrea Gussoni
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Matthieu Pavon, historic success for a French
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Matthieu Pavon achieved historic success in the United States, becoming the first Frenchman since World War II to win on the PGA Tour. In San Diego, he surprisingly captured the Farmers Insurance Open with a total of 275 strokes (-13).

His victory was obtained with a decisive birdie in the final, overtaking the Dane Nicolai Hojgaard in a photo finish, who placed himself in second place with 276 strokes (-12). Other competitors such as German Stephan Jaeger and Americans Nate Lashley and Jake Knapp placed third with a score of 277 (-11).

Matthieu Pavon, results

Francesco Molinari, after seven consecutive outings, made the cut at Torrey Pines Golf Club in California. However, he lost shots and positions in the next two rounds, finishing the tournament in 73rd place with a score of 290 (+2).

Matthieu Pavon, 31 years old, originally from Toulouse and son of Michel and nephew of Pepito, both former footballers, celebrated his first title on the PGA Tour in his eleventh participation, taking second place in the FedEx Cup.

His victory earned him $1,620,000 out of a total prize pool of $9,000,000. Pavon commented: "I really can't believe it. It's a special feeling, I've fulfilled a dream." Now, his goal is to qualify for the Paris Olympics, a dream he has nurtured since childhood.

It was an exceptional result for Pavon and a historic moment for French golf, which had not seen a victory on the PGA Tour circuit since World War II. After turning professional, Matthieu Pavon began his professional golf career on the Alps Tour in 2014 and 2015.

During this time, he achieved notable successes by winning the Open International de Rebetz in 2014 and the Servizitalia Open in 2015. His strong performance at the Alps Tour earned him a spot in the final stage of the 2015 European Tour Qualifying School, subsequently securing a place on the Challenge Tour for the 2016 season.

Although Pavon didn't secure a victory on the Challenge Tour in 2016, he consistently performed well, finishing in second place on three separate occasions at the Turkish Airlines Challenge, Montecchia Golf Open, and Foshan Open.

Additionally, he achieved a joint-third place finish at the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final and concluded the season in sixth position on the Road To Oman Rankings, earning his European Tour card for the 2017 season. Matthieu Pavon's debut season on the European Tour in 2017 was reasonably successful, with a 49th-place finish in the Order of Merit.

His standout performance during this period was a second-place finish at the 2018 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Anahita, where he shot an impressive final-round 67. In 2017, he also secured a third-place finish at the Scottish Open, an Open Qualifying Series event, which granted him an entry into the 2017 Open Championship the following week. Unfortunately, Pavon missed the cut at the Open Championship after rounds of 74 and 78.

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