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Strong home contingent for HNA Open de France

May 09, 2018

Alexander Levy will lead a strong home contingent at this year’s HNA Open de France - the third Rolex Series event of the year – when he returns to Le Golf National for continental Europe’s oldest national open from June 28-July 1.

France will be well represented with Levy joined by Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Grégory Bourdy, Romain Wattel, Grégory Havret, and Raphaël Jacquelin, who are all now confirmed to tee it up at The 2018 Ryder Cup venue, as they bid to become the first French player to hoist the trophy since Thomas Levet’s superb one-shot victory seven years ago.

Strong home contingent for HNA Open de France, © Getty Images

General admission tickets are selling fast for the hotly-anticipated event and can be purchased here. More than a golf tournament, the Open de France offers a unique day out for spectators of all ages, and now fans can watch this year’s tournament in style by purchasing a one-day premium ticket for just €100.

Levy, who currently sits at 46th in the Official World Golf Rankings, claimed his fifth European Tour title – and his third in three years – at the Trophée Hassan II just two weeks ago, overcoming Spaniard Alvaro Quiros to give his hopes of a home appearance in The Ryder Cup in September a significant boost.

“It’s a really nice golf course and, for me, one of the best we play,” said the 27 year old. “I can’t wait for the Open de France because it’s one of the best tournaments of the year.

“Being at home provides extra pressure for us but it’s nice to be in front of your fans. We know we have The Ryder Cup in September, so this year will be a little bit special.”

Lorenzo-Vera, who finished tied third at least year’s event, is hoping to compete in the upper echelons of the leaderboard once more at Le Golf National in June.

“I had a very good week at the Open de France last year and felt like the golf course really suited my game. It was my best finish at my home Open and I would love to go one better and actually win it.

“It would be a dream come true and I can’t wait to get out on the course again this year.”

Four-time European Tour winner Bourdy said: “The Open de France is a great tournament and, being a Frenchman, it means a lot to me. Playing at Le Golf National when the course will host The Ryder Cup later in the year is really exciting and I’m sure it will be a good event.

“The course offers a real challenge, it’s a brilliant venue and I’m sure it will be in great condition.”

Strong home contingent for HNA Open de France, Alexander Levy, © Getty Images

Wattel, who secured his maiden European Tour title at last year’s KLM Open, added: “It’s always an event we look forward to and one that is special to all of us. The course is fantastic, the crowds are great, and I think it will be an amazing tournament leading into The Ryder Cup.”

Havret, who defeated then World Number Three Phil Mickelson in a play-off for the 2007 Scottish Open, believes the tournament will give fans a taste of what to expect at The Ryder Cup in September.

“I’m looking forward to it even more than previous years. It’s going to be very exciting as the Ryder Cup is coming soon. The Open de France will be the last tournament at Le Golf National before this huge event,” Havret said.

“The Open de France has been getting bigger since last year and the new sponsorship via the Rolex Series has helped a lot. It’s going to be very exciting for French crowds. I hope The Ryder Cup will be noisy, exciting and the French Open will be a good preview for that.”

Jacquelin added: “This event is steeped in history and it’s always an honour to play at the Open de France.”

Tickets for all tournament days of the HNA Open de France are now available by clicking here. Concessions are available for customers aged 16-21, 65 and over, and FFG licensees, while children under 16 are permitted free entry when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. A maximum of three under 16 per adult is authorised.

The new premium ticket offering includes access via VIP entrance, one car park pass, access to the 2018 Clubhouse Restaurant, a glass of champagne served overlooking the golf course, and a Fidelity card (to be collected at the pro shop during the event) which provide discounts on Le Golf National green fees for one year.

For further information regarding Official Hospitality and VIP Packages, contact the Tour’s dedicated Hospitality Sales Team, who will be happy to answer any queries and discuss the various hospitality options, and +33 (0) 170 378 805.

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