Bulid Up to the British Open Begins in France


2005 Open de FranceThe European Tour begins its build up to the British Open in earnest this week as the tour plays one of the oldest events in all of golf - the Open de France in Paris.
With the 134th Open Championship just four weeks away, a strong field will assemble at Le Golf National for an event that dates back to 1906 and will showcase the likes of Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jose Maria Olazabal, Ian Woosnam and Colin Montgomerie.
A good amount of French flavor is added to the field with Thomas Levet, defending champion Jean-Francois Remesy, Gregory Havret, Raphael Jacquelin and Christian Cevaer.
Remesy's victory last year was the first time a Frenchman had claimed the title since Jean Garaialde back in 1969. Remesy will also be looking to become the first back-to-back winner since Nick Faldo accomplished the feat in 1989.
Jimenez, who won an astonishing four events in the 2004 campaign, is half way to that mark this year with wins coming at the season-opening Omega Hong Kong Open and the Celtic Manor Wales Open in early June.
Jimenez is currently ranked 20th in the world and will by vying to win his second-ever title in France. He won the Trophee Lancome seven years ago.
Le Golf National will be hosting this event for the 13th time in the last 15 years.
The field will be playing for a purse of $4,248,000 with a first-place prize worth $708,000.
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