Friday, 19 March 2010

The European Tour Order of Merit’s top four players are set to go head to head for the Number One spot at the €4,000,000 Open de France ALSTOM.

Miguel Angel Jiménez, Robert Karlsson, Lee Westwood and Oliver Wilson are all at the stunning Golf National in Versailles looking to take the oldest – and one of the most prestigious – continental Open in Europe and establish a strong lead at the top of the Order of Merit.

Westwood and Karlsson, fresh from their respective third and fourth place finishes at the US Open Championship, are men in form, while not many would bet against Jiménez adding to his BMW PGA Championship success of last month.

Wilson, meanwhile, is surely going to break down the victory door sooner rather than later after his outstanding season that has seen him finish second on no less than four occasions.

Westwood spoke for the majority of the field when asked about the Open de franc ALSTOM and Le Golf National.

“It is a fantastic golf course and the field this week is strong – probably one of the strongest they have had in years,” said the 32 year old Englishman.

“I was talking to Paul McGinley about this earlier. This tournament ticks all the boxes: it’s not far from Versailles, which, in my opinion is one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit; the golf course is great because it’s tough and rewards good play; the prize money is massive and the French Open is one of the oldest and respected Opens in Europe.

“I would love to win here. I have played well here in the past so there is no reason why I can’t play well this week and have a chance to win.”

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1LARRAZÁBAL, PabloESP18-15
2MONTGOMERIE, ColinSCO18-11
3HANSEN, SorenDEN18-10
4GREEN, RichardAUS18-8
T5WESTWOOD, LeeENG18-7
T5BRIER, MarkusAUT18-7
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