A winner at Le Golf National in 2013 and 2014, Graeme McDowell will compete in the 99th Alstom Open de France, from 2-5 July, looking for a third title in a row. The World No. 22 from Northern Ireland will look to emulate Frenchman Marcel Dallemagne, the only player with three straight wins to his name.
“Of course I’ll be coming back to defend my repeat title, and I’m looking for three in a row. That would be a beautiful thing. See you at Le Golf National!” In these words, Graeme McDowell has announced to tournament organisers his commitment to the Alstom Open de France this summer. The 99th edition of continental Europe’s oldest national open will offer him the opportunity to emulate Marcel Dallemagne. Crowned in 1936 in Saint-Germain, in 1937 at Saint-Cloud and in 1938 at Fourqueux, the Frenchman stands indeed as the only player to have his name engraved three years in a row on the Edward George Stoïber cup. Ranked 22nd in the world as of 8 March, and a winner of ten European Tour titles including the 2010 U.S. Open, McDowell will be one of the main stars to follow at Le Golf National from 2-5 July.
A little more than a year prior to golf’s return to the Olympic Games, the 2015 Alstom Open de France will be placed under the sign of the five rings. Set midway through the qualifying process to Rio 2016, which started on 14 July 2014 and will end on 11 July 2016, the tournament will give players the opportunity to score points in their bid to take part in the men’s olympic competition, which will be staged in the Brazilian metropolis from 11-14 August.