With exactly one year to go until The 2018 Ryder Cup, European Senior Tour members are teeing it up at Le Golf National, next year’s host venue, for the second edition of the Paris Legends Championship. Here is everything you need to know ahead of the Senior Tour’s return to France…
After finishing in a share of third place at both the WINSTONgolf Senior Open and The Senior Open Presented by Rolex, Magnus P Atlevi broke his Senior Tour duck with victory at last year’s Paris Legends Championship.
The Swede, who graduated from Senior Tour Qualifying School earlier that year, won on what was just his tenth start on the over-50s circuit, finishing two strokes ahead of Welshman Stephen Dodd and former HNA Open de France winner Philip Golding of England.
Atlevi opened with a round of 70, one under par, and then moved to six under par with a second round of 66. A final round of 69 was enough to give him a two-stroke victory as he parred the last for his first Senior Tour victory.
A year on from making his regular Senior Tour debut, double Major Champion John Daly will return to the French capital for what will be his fifth start on the European senior circuit.
Paul Broadhurst, the current reigning John Jacobs Trophy champion, will make his first Senior Tour appearance since his victory at Renaissance Club in the Scottish Senior Open in August. The 52 year old has three Senior Tour victories to his name and also won the Open de France at Le Golf National in 1995.
Broadhurst is one of six players in the field to have won the Open de France on this course, joining Golding, Malcolm Mackenzie, Miguel Angel Martín, Jean-François Remésy and Costantino Rocca.
Eleven former Ryder Cup players, including Broadhurst and Rocca and 1999 European captain Mark James, are in the field, with Sweden’s former Ryder Cup player Jarmo Sandelin making his first appearance at the Paris Legends Championship.
Mexico’s Esteban Toledo will also be making his fifth Senior Tour appearance of the season.
The prestigious L’Albatros course will play host to The 2018 Ryder Cup, becoming only the second venue in continental Europe to host the biennial event. It has also hosted the HNA Open de France every year since 2002 and on nine further occasions.
Situated on the outskirts of historic Versailles near the French capital, Le Golf National first opened in 1990 and in 2011 became a European Tour Destination, one of 26 world-class golfing venues assembled by European Tour Properties.
This year, the course will be played to a par of 72, with the 471-yard 18th hole increased to a par five, providing the ultimate risk-reward hole for big hitters aiming for the green in two and adding to what has become one of the most thrilling finishing stretches in golf.Water is a prominent feature, coming in to play on the opening two holes, as well as the 13th, 15th, 16th and 18th.
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