Remesy Wins Open de France

By Sports NetworkJune 27, 2004, 4:00 pm
European TourPARIS, France -- Jean-Francois Remesy carded an even-par 71 on Sunday to become the first French champion of the Open de France since Jean Garaialde in 1969. Remesy finished at 12-under-par 282 for his second career victory on the European Tour.
'It is a great weekend for golf, a great weekend for me and a great weekend for France,' said Remesy. 'After a major I cannot win bigger for me because the pressure was unbelievable. It is fantastic for myself and for the people who support me.'
Richard Green struggled to a 4-over 75 to finish seven shots back in a tie for second. Green was joined by fellow Australian Nick O'Hern, who shot a 68, at 5-under-par 279.
Remesy carried a three-shot lead into the final round at Le Golf National and seemed to be headed downhill with a double bogey at the opening hole after finding the bushes. Remesy responded and converted a birdie putt from just off the fringe at the second, but gave that shot back with a bogey at the very next hole.
Luckily for Remesy, Green also found trouble on the first hole with a bogey but sank a 5-foot putt for a a birdie at the par-5 third to move within one of the lead.
Remesy recovered from the early struggles and parred his next five holes before his approach to the par-4 ninth stopped within a foot of the hole. He tapped in for a birdie, but Green matched him with a birdie of his own at the ninth to remain one shot back.
Green hit his drive in a hazard at the 10th, however, and scrambled to a bogey to fall two off the pace. Remesy remained steady while Green continued to fall apart on the inward half.
At the par-3 16th, Remesy hit his tee shot to three feet and drained the putt to reach 12 under. The 40-year-old maintained his composure on the closing holes as the local galleries cheered his every shot.
'The crowds were fantastic,' he said.
Remesy sent his drive into the high grass on the 18th tee. He hit out of the rough, advancing his ball down the fairway, ultimately leaving himself with a 9-foot putt for par. Remesy made it, and soon after was drenched in champagne before being tossed in the water off the 18th green.
'The reaction is unbelievable,' Remesy said. 'This is what I work for, for that moment in golf.'
Green, who had his fair share of trouble down the stretch, was in the water to the back of the putting surface with his second. He ended up with a double bogey that cost him second place alone.
Graeme McDowell fired a 7-under 64 to move from a tie for 30th into a tie for fourth along with Jonathan Lomas at 3-under-par 281. Ian Woosnam, who shared the 36-hole lead with Remesy, was one shot further back at 2-under- par 282.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, a three-time winner on the European Tour this season, posted a 69 to join Marcel Siem in a tie for eighth at even-par 284.
Paul Casey, Soren Hansen, David Lynn and Darren Fichardt followed at 1-over- par 285.
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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

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