Hopps Open de Provence R4

Flying Dutchman claims maiden win in France

September 26-29
Golf International de Pont Royal, Mallemort, France
€200,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

Open de Provence R4 - Lars van Meijel won his first European Challenge Tour title
Credit: European Tour

Lars van Meijel won his first European Challenge Tour title, carding a bogey-free final round of 67, five under par, to win the Hopps Open de Provence.

The Dutchman, playing in just his second Challenge Tour season, only dropped one shot over the weekend at the Seve Ballesteros-designed Golf International de Pont Royal, recording rounds of 69-67-69-67 for a 16 under par total and a one stroke victory.

Van Meijel started the day as one of three overnight leaders alongside Canadian Aaron Cockerill and home favourite Antoine Rozner. While Cockerill and Rozner made mistakes on the front nine, van Meijel kept his cool and gained three shots ahead of the turn.

He maintained his form on the back nine as four consecutive pars were rewarded with a birdie at the par five 14th to remain in contention as players fought for position at the top of the leaderboard.


With Sebastian Heisele racing to the front and setting the target at 15 under par, van Meijel made one final birdie of the round at the 17th to move ahead of the German before two putts for par at the 72nd hole sealed the win.

“I’m speechless right now,” said van Meijel. “It feels incredible to win. I was grinding it out all day, trying to focus on every shot, and then you get to end, and realise you’ve managed to do.

“It hasn’t sunk it yet. It was the first time I was leading ahead of the final round. I’ve done it before but not on the Challenge Tour and that felt a lot different. I’m really happy to get across the line.

“I knew from yesterday that the scores would be changing all the time, so made sure to focus on my own game and try and go as low as possible. I felt 16 under par would be close to the winning score.

“After 12 holes I thought I would need to make a couple more birdies. I looked at the scoreboard on 17 and saw that Sebastian was in the clubhouse at 15 under but I had an eight foot putt for birdie, which I made and that felt great.

“At the start of the year I would’ve signed anything to have a Challenge Tour card and now I’m in a good position in the Rankings and that feels great.”

Heisele, who won on French soil at the Open de Bretagne three weeks ago, signed for a bogey-free round of 65, seven under par, to race up the leaderboard and finish a shot shy of van Meijel in second place.

Italy’s Francesco Laporta and Spaniard Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez shot rounds of 66 and 68, respectively, to claim a share of third place. While overnight leader Cockerill finished in a tie of fifth with Adrian Meronk and the leading Frenchman Robin Roussel.

With his victory, van Meijel moves inside the top 15 on the Road to Mallorca Rankings, from 37th to 14th, while Heisele is one place behind at 15th position jumping up from 31st.


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Murhof Legends – Austrian Senior Open R3

Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Prize Money
1
VAN MEIJEL Lars
NED
-16
69
67
69
67
272
€ 32,000
2
HEISELE Sebastian
GER
-15
69
65
74
65
273
€ 22,000
3
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
-14
71
68
67
68
274
€ 13,000
3
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
-14
67
71
70
66
274
€ 13,000
5
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
-13
66
70
69
70
275
€ 8,133
5
MERONK Adrian
POL
-13
74
69
65
67
275
€ 8,133
5
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
-13
70
67
69
69
275
€ 8,133
8
TILEY Steven
ENG
-12
70
70
71
65
276
€ 5,600
9
FARR Oliver
WAL
-11
69
69
74
65
277
€ 4,600
9
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
-11
71
68
66
72
277
€ 4,600
11
JOHANSEN Eirik Tage
NOR
-10
71
67
70
70
278
€ 3,900
11
KAKKO Roope
FIN
-10
68
70
70
70
278
€ 3,900
13
BOOTE David
WAL
-9
69
72
67
71
279
€ 3,200
13
BORDA David
ESP
-9
75
68
69
67
279
€ 3,200
13
PERRIER Damien
FRA
-9
71
70
69
69
279
€ 3,200
13
STUREHED Henric
SWE
-9
69
68
71
71
279
€ 3,200
13
SYME Connor
SCO
-9
67
71
70
71
279
€ 3,200
18
DEL VAL Samuel
ESP
-8
67
72
71
70
280
€ 2,252
18
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
-8
71
70
70
69
280
€ 2,252
18
HULDAHL Jeppe Pape
DEN
-8
70
72
69
69
280
€ 2,252
18
KO (AM) Jeong weon
FRA
-8
64
70
74
72
280
€ 0
18
NEIL Bradley
SCO
-8
69
69
74
68
280
€ 2,252
18
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-8
74
69
68
69
280
€ 2,252
24
BERARDO Clément
FRA
-7
71
72
67
71
281
€ 1,840
24
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
-7
70
74
67
70
281
€ 1,840
24
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
-7
72
71
70
68
281
€ 1,840
24
LARCELET (AM) Charles
FRA
-7
73
67
69
72
281
€ 0
24
SAXTON Reinier
NED
-7
71
71
68
71
281
€ 1,840
24
SHARVIN Cormac
NIR
-7
72
69
74
66
281
€ 1,840
30
FOOS Dominic
GER
-6
72
72
65
73
282
€ 1,580
30
GEARY Josh
NZL
-6
68
74
68
72
282
€ 1,580
30
HENRY Scott
SCO
-6
70
73
68
71
282
€ 1,580
30
KNAPPE Alexander
GER
-6
71
73
73
65
282
€ 1,580
30
LANDO CASANOVA Jérôme
FRA
-6
71
72
67
72
282
€ 1,580
30
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
-6
70
68
70
74
282
€ 1,580
30
STOW Ben
ENG
-6
75
67
72
68
282
€ 1,580
30
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
-6
69
68
73
72
282
€ 1,580
38
ANGLES Pep
ESP
-5
68
76
69
70
283
€ 1,280
38
ENOCH Rhys
WAL
-5
71
68
72
72
283
€ 1,280
38
FORD Charlie
ENG
-5
73
69
72
69
283
€ 1,280
38
FORET Julien
FRA
-5
73
68
73
69
283
€ 1,280
38
JOANNES Hugues
BEL
-5
73
71
70
69
283
€ 1,280
38
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-5
69
70
73
71
283
€ 1,280
38
TARRIO BEN Santiago
ESP
-5
73
70
69
71
283
€ 1,280
45
BOURDY Grégory
FRA
-4
74
68
71
71
284
€ 960
45
CANTERO GUTIERREZ Ivan
ESP
-4
73
68
71
72
284
€ 960
45
CUARTERO BLANCO Emilio
ESP
-4
71
73
71
69
284
€ 960
45
GLENNEMO Jacob
SWE
-4
71
71
71
71
284
€ 960
45
JENSEN Lasse
DEN
-4
71
70
73
70
284
€ 960
45
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
-4
70
71
71
72
284
€ 960
45
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
-4
70
71
71
72
284
€ 960
45
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
-4
71
67
73
73
284
€ 960
45
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
-4
69
72
74
69
284
€ 960
54
WEBER Lionel
FRA
-3
70
71
68
76
285
€ 780
55
FORD Matt
ENG
-2
70
72
76
68
286
€ 760
56
BLOMSTRAND Christofer
SWE
-1
74
69
73
71
287
€ 690
56
FERNANDEZ Scott
ESP
-1
74
70
69
74
287
€ 690
56
GEYGER Nico
CHI
-1
70
72
75
70
287
€ 690
56
MADDY Paul
ENG
-1
71
72
74
70
287
€ 690
56
STEWART Duncan
SCO
-1
70
73
74
70
287
€ 690
56
VIRTO Borja
ESP
-1
70
73
75
69
287
€ 690
62
LIPPARELLI Edoardo Raffaele
ITA
0
69
73
69
77
288
€ 590
62
MCCARTHY Nick
ENG
0
73
70
71
74
288
€ 590
62
ROSS Craig
SCO
0
70
69
76
73
288
€ 590
62
WHITNELL Dale
ENG
0
75
69
72
72
288
€ 590
66
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
1
73
68
75
73
289
€ 520
66
GROS Sébastien
FRA
1
71
69
73
76
289
€ 520
66
QUESNE Julien
FRA
1
72
72
74
71
289
€ 520
69
COHEN-BOYER Louis
FRA
5
77
67
75
74
293
€ 470
69
RIU Victor
FRA
5
73
71
77
72
293
€ 470
71
MULLER (AM) Nicolas
FRA
8
72
71
79
74
296
€ 0
72
MARY Dimitri
FRA
10
72
70
77
79
298
€ 440
73
ITEN Marco
SUI
12
73
71
80
76
300
€ 420
74
MEJOW Philipp
GER
1
71
74
0
0
145
€ 0
75
BEKIRIAN Jean
FRA
1
73
72
0
0
145
€ 0
76
SANTOS Ricardo
POR
1
73
72
0
0
145
€ 0
77
DUBOIS Edouard
FRA
1
74
71
0
0
145
€ 0
78
FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
1
74
71
0
0
145
€ 0
79
POKE Benjamin
DEN
1
71
74
0
0
145
€ 0
80
GIRRBACH Joel
SUI
1
73
72
0
0
145
€ 0
81
LENGDEN Oscar
SWE
1
73
72
0
0
145
€ 0
82
TREY (AM) Nathan
FRA
1
73
72
0
0
145
€ 0
83
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
2
73
73
0
0
146
€ 0
84
EVANS Ryan
ENG
2
72
74
0
0
146
€ 0
85
VEYRET Victor
FRA
2
73
73
0
0
146
€ 0
86
STAL Gary
FRA
2
74
72
0
0
146
€ 0
87
ARMITAGE Marcus
ENG
2
77
69
0
0
146
€ 0
88
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
2
71
75
0
0
146
€ 0
89
JOUVEN Richard
FRA
2
73
73
0
0
146
€ 0
90
LINARD Thomas
FRA
2
76
70
0
0
146
€ 0
91
TINNING Nicolai
DEN
2
76
70
0
0
146
€ 0
92
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
2
75
71
0
0
146
€ 0
93
MIVIS Christopher
BEL
3
70
77
0
0
147
€ 0
94
ALEXANDRE Lionel
FRA
3
78
69
0
0
147
€ 0
95
BLAND Richard
ENG
3
70
77
0
0
147
€ 0
96
HUIZING Daan
NED
3
74
73
0
0
147
€ 0
97
MURRAY Tom
ENG
3
75
72
0
0
147
€ 0
98
HANSON Chris
ENG
3
75
72
0
0
147
€ 0
99
FORSSTRÖM Simon
SWE
3
75
72
0
0
147
€ 0
100
BRUN Julien
FRA
4
72
76
0
0
148
€ 0
101
KIM Minkyu
KOR
4
73
75
0
0
148
€ 0
102
BRAEUNIG Christian
GER
4
77
71
0
0
148
€ 0
103
SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin
FRA
5
75
74
0
0
149
€ 0
104
PONCELET Xavier
FRA
5
76
73
0
0
149
€ 0
105
COUSSAUD Ugo
FRA
5
75
74
0
0
149
€ 0
106
LACROIX Frederic
FRA
5
76
73
0
0
149
€ 0
107
ESPAÑA Edouard
FRA
5
77
72
0
0
149
€ 0
108
WIEGELE Martin
AUT
6
71
79
0
0
150
€ 0
109
STALTER Joël
FRA
6
80
70
0
0
150
€ 0
110
BALLESTEROS Javier
ESP
6
74
76
0
0
150
€ 0
111
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON Mathieu
FRA
6
76
74
0
0
150
€ 0
112
LAMPERT Moritz
GER
7
79
72
0
0
151
€ 0
113
HAASTRUP Mark Flindt
DEN
7
74
77
0
0
151
€ 0
114
SCHWARTZ Antoine
FRA
7
75
76
0
0
151
€ 0
115
SANTOS SILVA Tomas
POR
7
80
71
0
0
151
€ 0
116
MACCARIO Federico
ITA
8
80
72
0
0
152
€ 0
117
ROSAYE Amaury
FRA
9
75
78
0
0
153
€ 0
118
CANTER Laurie
ENG
10
76
78
0
0
154
€ 0
119
AHOKAS Antti
FIN
11
79
76
0
0
155
€ 0
120
DAWSON Robin
IRL
11
81
74
0
0
155
€ 0
121
BORDONE (AM) Camille
FRA
11
79
76
0
0
155
€ 0
122
CATHERINE Edgar
FRA
12
78
78
0
0
156
€ 0
123
THOMSON Jonathan
ENG
12
78
78
0
0
156
€ 0
124
McGOWAN Ross
ENG
13
76
81
0
0
157
€ 0
125
BECHU Romain
FRA
3
75
0
0
0
75
€ 0
126
LGUIRATI Ayoub
MAR
0
0
0
0
0
0
€ 0