The Cazoo Open de France, the final DP World Tour event before the 44th Ryder Cup, takes place at Le Golf National, the venue for the 2018 match.
In contrast to last week flagship event on the Tour, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the vast majority of European Ryder Cup players are not involved this week, although there is some representation.
Two of Luke Donald’s vice captains, Nicolas Colsaerts and Edoardo Molinari, play. Colsaerts will be particularly keen to perform well as he looks for his first win on the DP World Tour since claiming victory in the 2019 tournament.
However, as well as their own performances, the duo will be keeping a close eye on the progress of the one member of the 12-player team in the field, Robert MacIntyre. The Scot finished tied for 45th last week, with only Nicolai Hojgaard beneath him on the leaderboard of European Ryder Cup players and he’ll be hoping to impress with just a week to go before the match at Marco Simone.
In 2022, Italian Guido Migliozzi produced a stunning nine under final round to beat Rasmus Hojgaard by one shot for his third DP World Tour win. He returns hoping for a repeat of that success, while the runner-up on that occasion is also in the field. Another former winner is 2012 champion Marcel Siem, who is looking for his second win of the season after claiming the Hero Indian Open title in February.
Last week, Ryan Fox became the first New Zealander to win the BMW PGA Championship and he is hoping to continue that momentum here, while other notable names include the highest ranked player in the field, World No.18 Tom Kim, who is looking for his maiden DP World Tour win and Min Woo Lee, who ranks 45th, and is looking for his third win on the Tour.
Another high-profile player looking to regain some of his best form is seven-time PGA Tour winner Billy Horschel. The American has endured a difficult 2023, but has shown signs of recovery of late, including a T18 at the BMW PGA Championship.
Elsewhere, Laurie Canter, who had been standing in for Sam Horsfield for LIV Golf team Majesticks GC, appears now that Horsfield has returned to action after five months following hip surgery.
Players are competing…