Paris Legends Championship R1

Levet savouring Paris homecoming

September 19-21
Racing Club de France La Boulie, Paris, France
€200,000
Round 2, Round 3


Thomas Levet carded an opening five under par round of 67 to end day one with a narrow lead as he chases a dream home victory at the Druh Belts presents Paris Legends Championship by Renault Z.E.

Paris Legends Championship R1 - Thomas Levet carded an opening round of 67 to end day one with a narrow lead as he chases a dream home victory
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The Frenchman, who once covered the back nine at Racing Club de France la Boulie in just 27 strokes, sits one shot clear of Sweden’s Joakim Haeggman and South African James Kingston after a windy opening day at the Parisian venue.

The 51-year-old navigated his childhood home course without a blemish, carding three birdies over his opening nine holes – starting on the tenth tee – before picking up two more shots after the turn to race into the lead for the first time in his Staysure Tour career.

“I’ve played lots of good rounds and have lots of good memories from the course and I know the greens really well and at today’s speed,” he said.

“I would not say it is easier necessarily to play well at a course that you know well, as I have plenty of nightmares here too, which made me play a little too safe at times, but I was happy with the overall result.


“I drove the ball well and only missed one green, on the 16th when my approach spun back onto the edge. It was not easy today. This course is narrow and when it is windy you need to hit the right clubs off the tee and plot your way around.”

The tournament is the first time the six-time European Tour winner has competed on home soil since he made his debut on the Staysure Tour last October, with a tie for tenth at The Senior Open Presented by Rolex currently his best performance on the circuit to date.

“Golf de la Boulie holds lots of good memories for me and my family,” he said. “My sister has won the Club Championship maybe five times and me and my brother both played for the team as teenagers. My best score here is 63 although I did once shoot 27 on the back nine and a 61 once in practice, so hopefully I can continue to draw on these memories over the next few days.”

Haeggman, who kicked off his Staysure Tour career at The Sinclair Invitational last month just days after celebrating his 50th birthday, wasted no time making his presence on the circuit known, carding six birdies in an opening four under par round of 68 to join Kingston in a tie for second.

Meanwhile, England’s David Shacklady started his quest for back-to-back Staysure Tour titles with a three under par round of 69. The two-time Staysure Tour winner is just two shots off the pace, alongside compatriot Peter Baker and current Staysure Tour Order of Merit leader Phillip Price.

Levet gets his second round under way at 9:00am local time alongside Welshman Price, with Haeggman beginning day two at 10:50am and Kingston continuing his title challenge at 9:50am.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
LEVET Thomas
FRA
-5
67
2
HAEGGMAN Joakim
SWE
-4
68
2
KINGSTON James
RSA
-4
68
4
BAKER Peter
ENG
-3
69
4
PRICE Phillip
WAL
-3
69
4
SHACKLADY David
ENG
-3
69
7
ATLEVI Magnus P
SWE
-2
70
7
CHAPMAN Roger
ENG
-2
70
7
COCERES José
ARG
-2
70
7
REMESY Jean-François
FRA
-2
70
7
WESSELINGH Paul
ENG
-2
70
12
CARRILES José Manuel
ESP
-1
71
12
DODD Stephen
WAL
-1
71
12
FARRY Marc
FRA
-1
71
12
MCGOVERN Brendan
IRL
-1
71
12
STREETER Paul
ENG
-1
71
12
SWEET Nigel
ENG
-1
71
18
BOSSERT André
SUI
0
72
18
BROWN Simon P
ENG
0
72
18
GILFORD David
ENG
0
72
18
LITTLE Stuart
ENG
0
72
18
LUNA Santiago
ESP
0
72
18
MARTIN Miguel Angel
ESP
0
72
24
MONASTERIO Cesar
ARG
1
73
24
MOULAND Mark
WAL
1
73
24
ORR Gary
SCO
1
73
24
SUNESON Carl
ESP
1
73
24
TINNING Steen
DEN
1
73
24
WILLIAMS Chris
RSA
1
73
24
WOLSTENHOLME Gary
ENG
1
73
31
BRIER Markus
AUT
2
74
31
DAVIS Mark
ENG
2
74
31
GOLDING Philip
ENG
2
74
31
MARKS Gary
ENG
2
74
31
MCLEAN Mike
ENG
2
74
31
MURPHY James
ENG
2
74
31
OLDCORN Andrew
SCO
2
74
31
SHERBORNE Andrew
ENG
2
74
39
EMERSON Gary
ENG
3
75
39
FOWLER Peter
AUS
3
75
39
GOMEZ Rafael
ARG
3
75
39
LOMAS Jonathan
ENG
3
75
39
MOLINA Mauricio
ARG
3
75
39
SALLAT Jean Pierre
FRA
3
75
39
WILSON Peter
ENG
3
75
46
EVANS Gary
ENG
4
76
46
SANDELIN Jarmo
SWE
4
76
48
SCOTT Peter
ENG
5
77
48
THELEN Tim
USA
5
77
50
WALTON Philip
IRL
7
79
51
BENNETT Stephen
ENG
8
80
51
JOB Nick
ENG
8
80
51
WHARTON Mark
ENG
8
80
54
LONGMUIR Bill
SCO
10
82