Championship Field Gathered in France

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European TourPARIS -- Frenchman Jean-Francois Remesy was going for his third straight win at Open de France last year, but struggled to a 1-over 285 for the tournament.
 
Englishman John Bickerton opened with an 8-under 63 and then fended off Irishman Padraig Harrington in the final round for his second tour title.
 
The win was Bickerton's second in less than 10 months after going 12 seasons and 287 starts before claiming his first title at the 2005 Abama Open de Canarias.
 
Remesy's loss meant fellow Frenchman Marcel Dallemagne is still the only player to win three straight, 1936-38.
 
This is the oldest national championship in continental Europe dating back to 1906. This event has had 18 major champions also win this title, while this week's field includes 83 players that have won on the European Tour.
 
The GOLF CHANNEL has coverage of all four days of action this week. Next up for the European Tour is the Smurfit Kappa European Open at The K Club, where Stephen Dodd won last year.
 
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