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The Debrief - Amundi Open de France

The Debrief - Amundi Open de France

Nicolas Colsaerts secured his first European Tour win in over seven years as he endured a roller coaster final round to edge Dane Joachim B Hansen by one shot at Le Golf National.

Nicolas Colsaerts

There were three different leaders inside the final six holes in Paris, with George Coetzee leading by two at the 13th tee and then Hansen ahead with two to play before the big hitting Belgian replied for his first success since 2012.

Here is everything you need to know from an exhilarating Amundi Open de France.

Colsaerts' long wait comes to an end

The big hitting Belgian entered Sunday with a three shot lead and quickly extended that to five in testing wet conditions but the oldest championship in continental Europe went right to the wire during one of the most incredible back nines of the 2019 Race to Dubai. Coetzee led by two with six to play and Hansen was in the box seat after the leading pair found water on the 15th, but Colsaerts held his nerve to sign for a 72 and get to 12 under. The victory is Colsaerts' third on the European Tour but his first since 2012, the season he was part of the Miracle at Medinah as Europe came from 10-4 behind to win the Ryder Cup. He started the week in a battle to keep his card but cut an emotional figure after lifting the trophy on his 389th European Tour appearance.

Just Brilliant Hansen continues to trend

Hansen came within touching distance of his maiden European Tour title in Paris but the Dane remained optimistic following the best performance of his career. Last season's European Challenge Tour Rankings Number One secured a cheque of 177,770 euros after his second placed finish at Le Golf National, continuing his superb recent form following his fourth at the Mutuactivos Open de España and his best Rolex Series result with a top 25 at the Italian Open in the two previous weeks. The 29-year-old moved up to 56th on the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex and a step closer to the limited fields for the final three Rolex Series events of the season.

Moynihan goes low at Le Golf National

The Irishman enjoyed a fantastic week in France, securing the biggest cheque of his career following his fifth placed finish. Moynihan registered just five bogeys all week in the French capital, narrowly missing out on becoming the 11th person to record the joint lowest at Le Golf National of four dropped shots. That was not the only highlight of the event either as he slam dunked his tee shot at 16th on Friday, only for the ball to spin out of the cup to 12 feet where his ace turned into an unlucky par and missed out on owning a brand new BMW i8. Watch his extraordinary effort below.

Incredible pars in Paris

The saying goes 'if at first you don't succeed, try, try again', and that was personified in Paris by American Kurt Kitayama and Finn Kalle Samooja. The high-flying rookie was frustrated after failing to get his initial putt over the bank on Saturday before holing a near identical effort at the second attempt. Watch it below.

And don't worry Samooja, a three is a three on the card no matter how you get it...

Birdie of the week - Coetzee

Sometimes you have to get your feet wet if you want to be in contention for victory and that is what the South African did at the ninth when he narrowly missed the water with his tee shot. Coetzee, who was chasing his fifth European Tour title, got into the wet stuff for his second shot at the par five hole before draining a monster putt for a remarkable birdie which saw the 33-year-old surge up the leaderboard.

Richie Ramsey - cookie monster

The Scot revealed during his first round that his three-year-old daughter was making him cookies for every birdie he made at Le Golf National. It looks like he will be full for a while after picking up 19 shots during the event as he finished in fifth at eight under par.

Ramsey may need a jar for all them cookies!

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