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French Open 2016

Round 4 - Thongchai Jaidee gains four shot victory

July 4, 2016

Thongchai Jaidee produced an impressive display of front-running to win the French Open by four strokes, as Rory McIlroy failed to deliver a final-round surge on Sunday.

Starting the day with a two-stroke lead over McIlroy, the 46-year-old Thongchai birdied two of his first six holes and shot a 3-under 68 to finish on 11-under 273 at Le Golf National outside Paris, where the 2018 Ryder Cup will be staged.

For his eighth victory on the European Tour, the Thai player collected $650,000 - the biggest cheque of his career. He described his fourth victory over the age of 40 as his ''biggest win ever.''

''I had Rory two shots behind me but I tried to play my own game, hit a lot of fairways and greens,'' said Thongchai, ''and I knew this week I was putting well.''

Francesco Molinari finished in second place after shooting 66, the lowest round of the final day.

McIlroy couldn't get near Thongchai. He bogeyed No. 3 and made his only birdie on No. 14, shooting an even-par 71 to be a stroke behind Molinari in third place.

The fourth-ranked McIlroy regarded that as a success, considering he is in the middle of vast changes to his swing.

''I've got 10 days until the (British) Open starts,'' McIlroy said, looking ahead to the third major of the year at Royal Troon starting July 14. ''I'm going to be working every day to try and get better and will play a bit of links golf to work on the shots I need for Troon as well.

''Even though this week it didn't feel that good I'm obviously doing some things right.''

Brandon Stone, Alex Noren, Callum Shinkwin and Richard Sterne all qualified for the British Open after finishing in the top 12.

Round 3 - Thongchai Jaidee moves two clear

July 3, 2016

Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand posted a 3-under round of 68 on Saturday to move 8-under and take a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the French Open.

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and South Korea's Wang Jeung-hun posted 1-under 70s, having been level with Jaidee and two other players overnight.

Jaidee played consistently with three birdies.

''I had a good game plan today ... hit a lot of fairway,'' the 46-year-old Jaidee said. ''Three-under is an amazing round with the conditions and the wind gusting.''

By contrast, McIlroy's third round was hugely erratic as the four-time major winner had six birdies, three bogeys and one double-bogey.

McIlroy recovered to make five birdies on the back nine.

Wang's round was the opposite, featuring three bogeys on his way back to the clubhouse after he had set out with four birdies on the front nine.

Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger of Austria posted 70 and is one shot behind at 5-under, followed by South African Brandon Stone and four other players at 3-under.

Wiesberger is looking to become the sixth player to successfully defend the title at the Le Golf National course, which is hosting the 2018 Ryder Cup.

''I'm right up there,'' said Wiesberger, who recovered from a bogey-bogey start to make three birdies. ''I have played well on Sundays here, so everything is in place.''

Stone shared the overnight lead, but fell away with a 2-over 73 - including double bogey on the 18th hole.

Mikko Ilonen, the other overnight co-leader, fared even more badly.

The Finn hit a 4-over 75 - including a quadruple bogey on the fifth hole - to fall seven shots behind Jaidee and way out of contention.

There are four qualifying places for the British Open up for grabs. They will go to the leading four players, not otherwise exempt, who finish in the top 12 and ties.

Round 2 - Rory McIlroy joins leaders

July 2, 2016

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy roared back into contention at the French Open on Friday, sinking six birdies in a 5-under round of 66 to join a five-way share of the lead.

The Northern Irishman could have taken the overall lead at the Le Golf National course - which is hosting the 2018 Ryder Cup - but a poor tee shot on the 18th hole led to a bogey.

South Korea's Wang Jeung-hun matched McIlroy's 66, while Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand - who was one stroke behind overnight leader Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark - posted a 1-under 70 for a share of the lead. The other co-leaders, Mikko Ilonen of Finland and South African Brandon Stone, had 68s.

Bjerregaard is three shots behind after four bogeys in a 74.

''I played well. I kept the ball in play, I drove it well, hit fairways, hit a lot of greens. That's sort of what you need to do around this golf course,'' McIlroy said.

''I felt like I putted nicely. There were still a couple of putts that didn't quite drop but it felt good out there. I need two more days like that over the weekend to have a chance.''

McIlroy was five shots off the lead overnight after an opening round where he struggled with his swing.

''In a way it's nice to go into contention and not really be thinking about the result,'' said McIlroy, currently in the spotlight because of his decision to miss the Olympics over concerns about the Zika virus.

He is using the tournament as a warmup for the British Open, starts July 14 at Royal Troon in western Scotland.

McIlroy announced in April that he was skipping the Bridgestone Invitational to instead play at the French Open for the first time since 2010.

While the five-man leading group has 28 European Tour wins between them, the chasing pack is strong.

Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger of Austria was at four under alongside Nicolas Colsaerts and Anders Hansen, with Joost Luiten, Francesco Molinari, Thomas Pieters and Andy Sullivan a further shot back.

Wiesberger had five birdies in his first eight holes but his momentum was ended by a triple-bogey and a bogey-bogey finish.

There are four qualifying places for the British Open up for grabs They will go to the leading four players, not otherwise exempt, who finish in the top 12 and ties.

Round 1 - Rory McIlroy struggles with swing change

July 1, 2016

In the midst of drastic changes to his swing, Rory McIlroy shot a level-par 71 at the French Open to lie five shots off the lead held by Lucas Bjerregaard after the first round on Thursday.

McIlroy, currently in the spotlight because of his decision to skip the Olympics over concerns about the Zika virus, had four birdies and four bogeys around L'Albatros course at the Le Golf National, the 2018 Ryder Cup host.

''I've got about four or five swing thoughts out there at the minute,'' the fourth-ranked McIlroy said, ''so that's why I'm sort of happy with 71.''

McIlroy was asked what he was working on, and joked: ''Have you got 10 minutes?''

''My left-hand grip is too strong. Takeaway was going on the inside. Wasn't holding my right elbow properly at the top of my swing. Wasn't getting my right knee out of the way on the downswing ... I've been working on a few things.''

McIlroy said he is attempting to get his new swing ''all bedded in'' in time for the British Open, which starts July 14 at Royal Troon in western Scotland.

''I've got another hopefully three competitive rounds here,'' the Northern Irishman added. ''I've got all next week and then obviously a few days leading up to the Thursday of The Open.''

Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 66, helped by his first ever hole-in-one - a 7-iron from 202 yards downwind at No. 2. The 137th-ranked Dane was playing with a new set of clubs after his own was lost in transit, and also had five birdies.

''Maybe I should just keep these now and let the airline company keep my old ones,'' said Bjerregaard, who also is looking to claim one of the four qualifying places for the British Open up for grabs this week. They will go to the leading four players, not otherwise exempt, who finish in the top 12 and ties.

Thomas Pieters of Belgium, Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and Adrian Otaegui of Spain were a shot behind Bjerregaard after 67s. Otaegui is the only one of that quartet yet to have qualified for the British Open.

Scores

1 THA Thongchai Jaidee -11 - Par 67 70 68 68 273
2 ITA Francesco Molinari -7 - Par 68 71 72 66 277
3 NIR Rory McIlroy -6 - Par 71 66 70 71 278
4 ESP Rafael Cabrera Bello -5 - Par 73 69 70 67 279
T5 GER Martin Kaymer -4 - Par 74 68 68 70 280
T5 RSA Brandon Stone -4 - Par 69 68 73 70 280
T5 ENG Andrew Sullivan -4 - Par 69 70 71 70 280
8 SWE Alexander Noren -3 - Par 72 68 70 71 281
T9 NED Joost Luiten -2 - Par 69 70 71 72 282
T9 ENG Callum Shinkwin -2 - Par 71 72 71 68 282
T11 ENG Matthew Southgate -1 - Par 70 70 72 71 283
T11 RSA Richard Sterne -1 - Par 76 68 70 69 283
T11 ENG Lee Westwood -1 - Par 74 70 67 72 283
T11 AUT Bernd Wiesberger -1 - Par 67 71 70 75 283
T11 ENG Chris Wood -1 - Par 70 73 72 68 283
T16 SWE Johan Carlsson Par - Par 71 70 72 71 284
T16 FRA Mathieu Decottignies Par - Par 68 73 72 71 284
T16 POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia Par - Par 73 71 71 69 284
T16 DEN Anders Hansen Par - Par 70 68 74 72 284
T16 BEL Thomas Pieters Par - Par 67 72 74 71 284
T16 FRA Julien Quesne Par - Par 70 73 71 70 284
T22 BEL Nicolas Colsaerts 1 - Par 70 68 73 74 285
T22 ENG Ross Fisher 1 - Par 73 72 72 68 285
T22 KOR Jeung-hun Wang 1 - Par 71 66 70 78 285
T25 FRA Gregory Bourdy 2 - Par 69 75 74 68 286
T25 IND S.S.P CHOWRASIA 2 - Par 72 69 74 71 286
T25 ESP Eduardo De La Riva 2 - Par 70 72 72 72 286
T25 FIN Mikko Ilonen 2 - Par 69 68 75 74 286
T25 USA Daniel Im 2 - Par 72 71 73 70 286
T30 ENG Robert Dinwiddie 3 - Par 71 71 71 74 287
T30 IRL Padraig Harrington 3 - Par 73 70 77 67 287
T30 FRA Romain Wattel 3 - Par 69 76 69 73 287
T33 ENG Gary Boyd 4 - Par 71 73 71 73 288
T33 ENG Tyrrell Hatton 4 - Par 73 71 72 72 288
T33 FRA Romain Langasque (Am) 4 - Par 72 71 74 71 288
T33 ESP Adrian Otaegui 4 - Par 67 76 72 73 288
T33 PAR Fabrizio Zanotti 4 - Par 72 72 73 71 288
T38 ESP Jorge Campillo 5 - Par 73 71 70 75 289
T38 SWE Magnus A Carlsson 5 - Par 70 75 73 71 289
T38 RSA Trevor Fisher Jr. 5 - Par 71 71 73 74 289
T38 FRA Gregory Havret 5 - Par 72 70 73 74 289
T38 DNK Lasse Jensen 5 - Par 69 71 73 76 289
T38 ENG Simon Khan 5 - Par 73 68 75 73 289
T38 ENG Chris Paisley 5 - Par 72 71 73 73 289
T45 DNK Lucas Bjerregaard 6 - Par 66 74 76 74 290
T45 ENG Luke Donald 6 - Par 73 71 73 73 290
T45 ENG Chris Hanson 6 - Par 68 75 77 70 290
T45 ENG Eddie Pepperell 6 - Par 71 74 74 71 290
T45 FRA Adrien SADDIER 6 - Par 70 70 77 73 290
T45 FRA Clement Sordet 6 - Par 73 71 72 74 290
T45 RSA Justin Walters 6 - Par 71 72 77 70 290
52 ITA Edoardo Molinari 7 - Par 68 73 75 75 291
T53 ENG Richard McEvoy 8 - Par 75 70 77 70 292
T53 GER Marcel Siem 8 - Par 71 70 77 74 292
T53 ENG Anthony Wall 8 - Par 74 70 77 71 292
T56 AUS Scott Hend 9 - Par 73 69 79 72 293
T56 FRA Alexander Levy 9 - Par 72 69 74 78 293
T58 USA Troy Merritt 10 - Par 70 75 69 80 294
T58 ENG John Parry 10 - Par 72 72 75 75 294
T58 ENG Oliver Wilson 10 - Par 72 72 79 71 294
61 DEN Thomas Bjorn 12 - Par 74 70 78 74 296
T62 SWE Robert Karlsson 13 - Par 72 73 76 76 297
T62 RSA Jaco Van Zyl 13 - Par 71 71 79 76 297
64 ENG Craig Farrelly 15 - Par 75 70 77 77 299
65 SCO Marc Warren 16 - Par 74 70 79 77 300
66 FRA Victor Dubuisson 17 - Par 71 73 82 75 301
T67 FRA Clement Berardo 4 - Par 72 74 - - 146
T67 SCO David Drysdale 4 - Par 75 71 - - 146
T67 ENG Matthew Fitzpatrick 4 - Par 74 72 - - 146
T67 FRA Jean Gonnet 4 - Par 73 73 - - 146
T67 FRA Sebastien Gros 4 - Par 69 77 - - 146
T67 SWE Peter Hanson 4 - Par 75 71 - - 146
T67 USA David Lipsky 4 - Par 73 73 - - 146
T67 FRA Michael Lorenzo-Vera 4 - Par 70 76 - - 146
T67 ITA Renato Paratore 4 - Par 78 68 - - 146
T67 ENG Lee Slattery 4 - Par 71 75 - - 146
T67 ENG Steve Webster 4 - Par 75 71 - - 146
T67 CHI Ashun Wu 4 - Par 75 71 - - 146
T67 KOR Y.E. Yang 4 - Par 74 72 - - 146
CUT ENG Richard Bland 6 - Par 77 71 - - 148
CUT ENG David Dixon 6 - Par 74 74 - - 148
CUT SWE Niclas Fasth 6 - Par 75 73 - - 148
CUT ENG Tommy Fleetwood 6 - Par 73 75 - - 148
CUT FRA Benjamin Hebert 6 - Par 74 74 - - 148
CUT FRA Raphael Jacquelin 6 - Par 75 73 - - 148
CUT FIN Roope Kakko 6 - Par 73 75 - - 148
CUT SWE Rikard Karlberg 6 - Par 77 71 - - 148
CUT FIN Mikko Korhonen 6 - Par 74 74 - - 148
CUT KOR Soomin Lee 6 - Par 77 71 - - 148
CUT AUS Andrew Dodt 7 - Par 75 74 - - 149
CUT SWE Pelle Edberg 7 - Par 77 72 - - 149
CUT ESP Nacho Elvira 7 - Par 72 77 - - 149
CUT SWE Jens Fahbring 7 - Par 79 70 - - 149
CUT AUS Richard Green 7 - Par 75 74 - - 149
CUT DEN Morten Orum Madsen 7 - Par 76 73 - - 149
CUT ENG James Morrison 7 - Par 75 74 - - 149
CUT RSA Haydn Porteous 7 - Par 78 71 - - 149
CUT ESP Alvaro Quiros 7 - Par 74 75 - - 149
CUT AUS Jason Scrivener 7 - Par 73 76 - - 149
CUT SWE Kristoffer Broberg 8 - Par 76 74 - - 150
CUT ESP Alejandro Canizares 8 - Par 77 73 - - 150
CUT RSA Darren Fichardt 8 - Par 74 76 - - 150
CUT ENG Matt Ford 8 - Par 76 74 - - 150
CUT ARG Estanislao Goya 8 - Par 73 77 - - 150
CUT SWE Joakim Lagergren 8 - Par 73 77 - - 150
CUT ESP Pablo Larrazabal 8 - Par 77 73 - - 150
CUT AUS Dimi Papadatos 8 - Par 75 75 - - 150
CUT AUS Brett Rumford 8 - Par 78 - - - 78
CUT ENG Graeme Storm 8 - Par 76 74 - - 150
CUT ENG Matthew Baldwin 9 - Par 75 76 - - 151
CUT IND S.S.P Chawurasia 9 - Par 76 75 - - 151
CUT SCO Craig Lee 9 - Par 76 75 - - 151
CUT SCO Jamie McLeary 9 - Par 73 78 - - 151
CUT FRA Benjamin Nicolay 9 - Par 72 79 - - 151
CUT DEN Thorbjorn Olesen 9 - Par 80 - - - 80
CUT FRA Damien Perrier 9 - Par 77 74 - - 151
CUT ENG Robert Rock 9 - Par 80 - - - 80
CUT CHI Felipe Aguilar 10 - Par 77 75 - - 152
CUT WAL Rhys Davies 10 - Par 76 76 - - 152
CUT ENG Simon Dyson 10 - Par 78 74 - - 152
CUT ENG David Howell 10 - Par 74 78 - - 152
CUT IND Shiv Kapur 10 - Par 77 75 - - 152
CUT FRA Thomas Linard 10 - Par 74 78 - - 152
CUT FRA Gary Stal 10 - Par 72 80 - - 152
CUT ESP Borja Virto 10 - Par 76 76 - - 152
CUT CAN Mike Weir 10 - Par 76 76 - - 152
CUT SWE Bjorn Akesson 11 - Par 74 79 - - 153
CUT NIR Graeme McDowell 11 - Par 80 73 - - 153
CUT FRA Matthieu Pavon 11 - Par 74 79 - - 153
CUT NIR Darren Clarke 12 - Par 74 80 - - 154
CUT WAL Jamie Donaldson 12 - Par 77 77 - - 154
CUT FRA Edouard Espana 12 - Par 80 74 - - 154
CUT FRA Jeremy Gandon 12 - Par 73 81 - - 154
CUT NIR Michael Hoey 12 - Par 77 77 - - 154
CUT ENG David Horsey 12 - Par 75 79 - - 154
CUT SCO Scott Jamieson 12 - Par 75 79 - - 154
CUT SWE Jeff Winther 12 - Par 75 79 - - 154
CUT IRL Paul Dunne 13 - Par 77 78 - - 155
CUT FRA Alexandre Widemann 13 - Par 79 76 - - 155
CUT KOR Jin Jeong 14 - Par 79 77 - - 156
CUT ENG Daniel Brooks 15 - Par 72 85 - - 157
CUT ENG Ben Evans 15 - Par 82 75 - - 157
CUT FRA Frederic Dauchez 16 - Par 78 80 - - 158
CUT CHE Julien Clement 28 - Par 89 81 - - 170
- ITA Nino Bertasio 5 - Par 80 67 - - 147
- FRA Franck Daux 5 - Par 71 76 - - 147
- WAL Bradley Dredge 5 - Par 71 76 - - 147
- ENG Oliver Fisher 5 - Par 74 73 - - 147
- DNK Joachim B Hansen 5 - Par 70 77 - - 147
- GER Maximilian Kieffer 5 - Par 75 72 - - 147
- CHN Hao-Tong Li 5 - Par 75 72 - - 147
- ITA Matteo Manassero 5 - Par 72 75 - - 147
- SCO Andrew McArthur 5 - Par 74 73 - - 147
- THA Prom Meesawat 5 - Par 71 76 - - 147
- SCO Richie Ramsay 5 - Par 73 74 - - 147
- ENG Danny Willett 5 - Par 75 72 - - 147

 





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