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Final Open de France leaderboard

Final 2018 Open de France leaderboard

The final Open de France leaderboard from Le Golf National, where Alex Noren won his 10th European Tour title

 

Open de France leaderboard:

PositionNameNationScore
1Alex NorenSweden-7
T2Julian Suri
Chris Wood
Russell Knox
United States
England
Scotland
-6
T5Marcus Kinhult
Jon Rahm
Matthew Southgate
Sweden
Spain
England
-5
T8Alexander Bjork
Justin Thomas
Sergio Garcia
Jorge Campillo
Sweden
United States
Spain
Spain
-4

Open de France report

This all seems very familiar…

Alex Noren coming from seven shots behind in a Rolex Series event to win. Admittedly, this wasn’t a 62 at Wentworth, but the Swede posted a fine round of 67 to get into the clubhouse at seven-under-par and sat back as the closing stretch of holes at Le Golf National wreaked havoc on the final groups.

Noren picked up a shot at the 12th and then made two superb birdies at 16 and 17 to close in a back-nine 32. The 35-year-old’s only dropped shot came at the 4th hole.

Compatriot Marcus Kinhult held the overnight advantage and started steadily, but the wheels soon started to fall off for the 21-year-old. Then it was advantage Julian Suri, who was five-under through 15 holes and entered the final hole with a one-shot lead at the time to Chris Wood. The American pulled his drive to narrowly avoid the hazard, but his approach was flared to the right and agonisingly found the water to end his chances.

And so the pressure was then on Wood. The Englishman, who has been out of form for a while now, only needed to par the final four holes to win – much easier said than done given that final stretch of holes are some of the most brutal in golf with water looming seemingly everywhere. A bogey at the 15th would draw him level with Noren, but another dropped shot at the 17th meant he needed to birdie the final hole to force a playoff. His approach found the bunker which he failed to hole-out from, and so he would be the second victim of the final daunting run of holes.

Kinhult, who started the day with a two-shot lead, made a superb par save on the 18th to finish in a tie for fifth, while Scotland’s Russell Knox went round in a bogey-free 65 to finish just a shot short of Noren.

It was a tough day for the Spanish duo of Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia. The latter opened with a triple-bogey after putting his ball in the water twice, but he battled back well to finish eighth alongside world No.2 Justin Thomas. Rahm, meanwhile, will be ruing his triple-bogey on the 12th where he had trouble getting out of the thick rough – he’d go on to finish tied for fifth.

Read Keel Timmins’ full round-up from the Open de France here

What did you make of Alex Noren’s comeback on Sunday? Were there any surprises on the 2018 Open de France leaderboard for you? Let us know with a post on X, formerly Twitter!

Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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