Fresh from recapturing his form in Austria last weekend, Jean-François Remesy heads for home as the star attraction of the OPEN DE SAINT-OMER presented by NEUFLIZE OBC 2007.
The Frenchman may have lost out in a sudden-death play-off to Australia’s Richard Green for the BA-CA Golf Open presented by Telekom Austria, but the manner in which he stormed into a tie for the lead after 72 holes, with weekend rounds of 65 and 64, signaled a return to prominence for the double Open de France champion.
Remesy will arrive at the Aa St Omer Golf Club in Lumbres, northern France, with his confidence restored after a disappointing first half of the 2007 season. Before his fine performance in Austria, the 43 year old had made just three cuts out of 13 and was 228th on The European Tour Order of Merit.
But, such is the nature of top level golf, Remesy eliminated all the doubts and negative emotions that attach themselves to a poor run of form in one swoop, moving to 85th on the Order of Merit by playing the kind of golf that took him to victory in his National Open in successive seasons in 2004 and 2005.
Remesy, one of The European Tour’s most experienced professionals, will come face to face with The European Tour’s new generation at the Aa St Omer Golf Club, as the top players from the Challenge Tour join the field for the OPEN DE SAINT-OMER presented by NEUFLIZE OBC 2007 – the only dual ranking tournament of the 2007 season.
The tournament offers a one year exemption to The European Tour to the winner and the chance to make considerable strides on the Challenge Tour Rankings for those who finish prominently as the healthy prize fund is €500,000.
Two of the Challenge Tour’s most exciting talents will tee up in St Omer, namely Joost Luiten of The Netherlands, and Italy’s Edoardo Molinari.
Luiten’s victory at last week’s Vodafone Challenge saw him close the gap on Molinari at the top of the Challenge Tour Rankings to just €860. Both men have won twice on the Challenge Tour already this season and are in line for instant promotion to The European Tour if they can add a third title in what is developing into a titanic battle at the top of the Rankings.