Rasmus Hojgaard first leader of the French Open, Paul Barjon 3rd

He discovers the European Tour, he discovers the Open de France, and yet Paul Barjon realizes the tricolor performance of the day. With “shots that go like on console”, the New Caledonian returned a card of 65 (-6) to finish the first round in 3rd place. The 30-year-old player notably chained four birdies (from 12 to 15), well supported by the fervor of the public: “It’s my first French Open, it’s a great experience. As soon as I started making birdies, I felt the encouragement of the French behind me, it was nice. I feel out of place with the Americans when I play on the PGA Tour. I felt the effect of playing at home. »

At home, 29 tricolors were at the start of this Cazoo Open de France, and Julien Brun finished this first round in fourth place (66, -5). “I worked well the last few days so I didn’t have too many expectations, I just wanted to put my game in place and see what it was going to be like on the course. Quite a slow start, it gradually took shape. From the 5th and 6th, I started hitting good shots, hitting a few putts. And then I played very well on the return »confides the winner of the Emporda Challenge 2021. Same result for Martin Couvra, best amateur ahead of his world partner Tom Vaillant (11th, -3) and Oihan Guillamoundeguy (21st, -2).

Also two strokes under par, Antoine Rozner shared his game with Rasmus Hojgaard. “I didn’t know that a -9 on the Albatross, with such simplicity, was possible”, is amazed the Frenchman. Because, yes, the young Dane did not take half measures to take the lead in the French Open after the first round. The child from Billund simply equaled the course record of Eduardo Romero in the second round in 2005 and Martin Kaymer in the first round in 2009 (62, -9). Three days later, the German lifted the trophy.

” I feel good. It’s always nice to take the record of a course. We don’t think about it when we arrive in competition, but it’s always cool to achieve it. We have to continue for the next three days now. I did a lot of good things today (Thursday)especially on my approaches, I hope this will still be the case tomorrow (Friday). But I’m also going to try to limit my little mistakes because I missed fairways and greens”, soberly specifies the leader.

He is ahead of the Swede Alexander Björk (64, -7) and Paul Barjon therefore. On the other hand, the day was more difficult for defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts and favorite Patrick Reed (+2). The comeback was particularly difficult for the American with a double bogey in the 15th and three bogeys to finish.


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