One up for team Europe
Captain Bjørn should be the happiest man in golf this Monday. This year Open de France held at the Ryder Cup course was a great success, the course was in superb condition, it provided a great test for the players, the crowd was awesome and two of the European golf stars – Alex Noren and Francesco Molinari recorded two very impressive wins.
Noren won his second Rolex Series title. His 10th European Tour title after posting a final round of 67 and 7 under total for the tournament. This is Noren’s first win for the season. Thanks to his steady performance on the European and the PGA Tour from today the Swede is number 14th in the official world golf ranking.
Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, two of the European stars who are trying to make the European Ryder Cup team showed some skills and finished T5 and T8 respectively. Rahm was leading the tournament before he sent his tee shot on the 12th in the fescue. He was disturbed by a cameraman and finish the hole with a triple bogey. Garcia needed a birdie on the last to force a play-off. Unfortunately, he found the bunkerfrom the tee. He then played for the green from there, but his approach was short and found the water. Eventually, Garcia made a double-bogey 6 and posted a final round of 3 over.
Noren, Garcia, Rahm and Chris Wood’s (finished T2) performance shows that Le Golf National is going to be a magnificent venue for this year. The Ryder Cup team Europe should not be considered for underdogs in the event as many of the experts claim. Moreover, world number 2 Justin Thomas (USA) also played this week in France. He was not in contention indeed and finished T8.
Meanwhile, Francesco Molinari’s fine form continues and he won the Quicken Loans National by 8 strokes. This was Molinari’s first PGA win and second for the season after the Italian won the BMW PGA Championship from the European Tour schedule.
Thanks to this weeks win both Noren and Francesco Molinari jumped in the European Ryder Cup standings. It will be a big surprise if we don’t see both of them in France in September.