Subscribers to Canal+ and Golf+, you don’t miss anything from the Cazoo Open de France. It’s not common elsewhere. 4th most practiced sport in France, hexagonal golf owes a good part of its development to the encrypted channel where a few fans of the little white ball have been following each other happily for almost 40 years.
At the end of the season, Canal+ is on the job everywhere. At the Italian Open last week, at the superb BMW PGA Championship a few days earlier, two tournaments hosted by Rory McIlroy, in great shape since his success in the FedEx Cup final, were voiceless commentators and consultants. So when the Blues get involved in winning, whether it’s Perez last week in Rome or this Thursday noon, Barjon at the top of the leaderboard of the 1st round of the French Open, it’s ecstasy in the speak booth.
From September 22, the Golf+ team is sharing, some recounting the turbulence of the scores on the Albatross at Le Golf National at 1:30 p.m., others meet at Quail Hollow, a posh Carolina club near North Charlotte, for a new edition of the Presidents Cup pitting the United States against the rest of the world (outside Europe) in “Ryder Cup” mode.
It’s a weird game. If Team USA looks great by succeeding almost all of the World Top 12, Trevor Immelmann, captain of Team International, sometimes had to dig deep into the Top 100 to find his players following the prohibitions created by the LIV Tour diversion .
Does a huge surprise await us on Sunday?
In the footsteps of André-Jean
This match can be followed on Canal+ Sport from 6:30 p.m., one more on the leaderboard of the encrypted channel since André-Jean Lafaurie, then boss of Golf Européen, took over the micro-golf in 1984. “I remember his comments in the company of Bernard Pascassio, with this desire, this taste for the game that they knew how to pass on to us with enthusiasm”, said Jean-Lou Charon, former President of the FFG.
Disappeared very recently, Christian de Guerre added: “AJL chained live broadcasts on Canal+, commenting on the Grand Slam tournaments to the delight of French-speaking golfers, assumed no one was indifferent, most often going there before the first round, returning to the cabin in Paris to comment on it sometimes in direct-can. The golf world loved him and feared him.”
And Bernard Pascassio to recall that “André-Jean, from the start of the formidable adventure of golf at Canal+, reinforced the first democratization of this sport in its own right, as much as its fame”a task perfectly assumed then by Fabrice Balédent then Christian Ledan who will hold the controls for twenty years, “I find that golf makes the man better”, he still maintains with this smile which never leaves him.
It is up to Thierry David, the editor-in-chief, to continue to keep his company moving with, among others, the contribution of Jean van de Velde, the return of Astrid Bard and the arrival of Kristel Mourgue d’Algue more recently.
On this subject, we would be happy if journalists and consultants first let the image be talked about before or after the ad-hoc comments. Interspersed with silences, these interventions would be even more appreciated by the cohort of Golf Plus fans.
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