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Hebert eyes first win on home soil
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Hebert eyes first win on home soil

Benjamin Hebert is excited to be playing on home soil at a time when he feels he is closing in on his first European Tour title.

Benjamin Hebert

The 32 year old has two second placed finishes this season - at the Volvo China Open and the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.

But the Frenchman is hoping playing at Le Golf National can see him break his duck and push him further up the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex, on which he currently sits 17th.

"It's always special to play on home soil, with so many home fans watching," he said.

"I have some friends around and a lot of my team. I'll just try to make it a good week and we'll see what happens.

"My game is getting better. You're never really happy, you always try to improve your game. It's my best season so far.

"I have two second places, which is alright, but I think I could have been a little bit better. Still chasing the first one, but I'll try to improve every part of my game and I think it could be soon."

One Frenchman who already has a victory under his belt this season is Victor Perez, fresh from his win at last month's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

He understands the pressure that faces the home golfers - but is hoping to keep relaxed and treat the week like any other tournament.

He said: "Winning a couple of weeks ago means that there is a little bit of attention on me so I think it's important to come out and play in front of home fans and hopefully have a good week.

"You want to try to enjoy it as much as possible. It's very easy to put extra pressure on yourself to perform, but also you can think about it the other way and really enjoy the fact that the fans are here to cheer for you.

Perez celebrates his victory at St Andrews

"I'm definitely going to go out and go for it, try to play as well as I can - like I do every week - and see where it takes me."

Romain Langasque has three top threes this season and is another Frenchman looking to make the most of the extra support this week.

He said: "It's always important to play in front of the French crowd and even on this course. I know this course very well and I think it's one of the best on the European Tour.

"My first time playing my home open was tough, but now I'm better prepared and I enjoy it so much, sharing these moments with my family and friends."

The trio are all looking forward to the challenge presented by the 18th hole this week.

Perez said: "We saw it plenty at The Ryder Cup, coming down the last with the guys being all square or one up, one down, you're still completely in it. I think the 18th is great, it pushes you to hit two great shots coming down the stretch and perform to the end of the tournament."

Hebert said: "The 18th is a tough hole. It can depend on the pin position because it can be very tight on the right side or very short. I think if you hit in the rough you just have to lay up and make your par - even a bogey is alright."

And Langasque added: "It's one of the best finishing holes on Tour and I hope to have my chance down there on Sunday."