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06:30

DAY FOUR FROM THE ALSTOM OPEN DE FRANCE AT LE GOLF NATIONAL, PARIS

  • GRAEME MCDOWELL WINS FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING
  • First ever defence of a title by Northern Irishman
  • 8-shot final round comeback equals Open de France record
  • Stadler (76) 3-putt bogeys 18th to miss out on play-off by one shot
  • Get involved on Twitter with #ETLiveBlog

by Will Pearson and Dave Clark at Le Golf National

16:56

Two on the bounce for McDowell 

 That's a wrap. Congratulations to Graeme McDowell, a worthy winner and an incredible defence. Until next time, au revoir!

16:30

ALSTOM OPEN DE FRANCE: DAY 4 IN NUMBERS

8 - The joint-record number of shots Graeme McDowell came back from on the final day to win the Open de France for a second year in a row

3 - The number of players to have scaled such a deficit in this tournament since 1972 (Jose Rivero - 1987, Paul Broadhust - 1995, Graeme McDowell - 2014)

2009 - The year when someone last completed such a large final round comeback (Rafa Cabrera-Bello - Austrian Open)

67 - McDowell's winning final round score - just as it was 12 months ago - the joint low round of the day with Fabrizio Zanotti

5 - Birdies and just the 1 bogey from McDowell on Sunday in the worst conditions of the week

10 - European Tour titles now for the Portrush native

5 - Times this season now that a title has been successfully defended - a joint European Tour record

1 - First time McDowell has ever defended a title

5 - Times the Open de France has been successfully defended since becoming part of The European Tour in 1972 (Peter Oosterhuis - 1973-74, Seve Ballesteros - 1985-86, Nick Faldo - 1988-99, Jean-Francois Remesy - 2004-05)

2 - The length in feet Kevin Stadler missed from at the 18th to finish one shot behind the Northern Irishman having started the day 4 shots clear of the field

64-68-72-76 - The unfortunate score sequence for the American this week

8 - Nationalities in the top ten (2 Northern Irishmen, 1 American, 1 Thai, 1 Swede, 1 Welshman, 2 Englishmen, 1 Frenchman, 1 Paraguayan)

3 - Players secured their place in The Open at Hoylake (Robert Karlsson, Michael Hoey, Victor Riu)

16:11

Day 4 Highlights - Alstom Open de France

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16:08

Views from the Top - Alstom Open de France, Day 4

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15:40

Shots of the Day - Alstom Open de France, Day 4

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15:25

Simply unbelievable. Thanks Dave. You never do really know with this game. Stick around for all the best reaction, reports, highlights, interviews, stats and more as we wrap up an astonishing climax to the Alstom Open de France.

15:08

“Not the way you want to win,” says an ever-classy McDowell. That’s a real shame for Stadler, who did ever so well to overcome not only a mid-round meltdown but a bad back. GMac retains his title, and perhaps gets some of the luck that was conspicuously missing in Ireland last month. Will Pearson will take you through the highlights and reaction of remarkable day…

15:06

GRAEME MCDOWELL WINS THE ALSTOM OPEN DE FRANCE!

15:06

Stadler misses from two feet - which means no play-off...

15:05

...it's short from Stadler. Play-off time!

15:05

Both this final pair have displayed plenty of courage today, but Jaidee’s race is run as his birdie effort drifts by. That should have given Stadler a good read…

15:01

Stadler and Jaidee are on the 18th green in two, and both have around 25 feet for birdie.

15:00

Riu taps in for his six and takes the third Open card, which is a nice consolation for that expensive finish that saw him drop from third to ninth – just over €120,000 difference in prize money.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1MCDOWELL, GraemeNIR18-5
T2STADLER, KevinUSA18-4
T2JAIDEE, ThongchaiTHA18-4
4KARLSSON, RobertSWE18-3
T5DONALDSON, JamieWAL18-2
T5BALDWIN, MatthewENG18-2
7HOEY, MichaelNIR18-1
8RIU, VictorFRA18Par
T9ZANOTTI, FabrizioPAR181
T9FISHER, OliverENG181

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