Le Golf National will play host to the 2018 Ryder Cup, but this week it’s the site of the European Tour’s Alstom Open de France – otherwise known as The French Open. The first round lead, thanks to a five under par 66 is Anders Hansen of Denmark. The top of the leaderboard is fairly crowded, however, and is chock full of big names waiting for their chance to make a move.
Matt Kuchar is one of two Americans in the field – the other being Peter Uihlein – and is the only one to have broken par in the first round thanks to a one under 70 that has him four shots off of the lead. Kuchar is making his debut at this event, and based on what he said after the round, might very well come back next year. “It was an amazing reception on the first tee,” Kuchar said. “It just made me feel very welcome. I was excited to get around and going.”
More and more members of the PGA Tour are going to be making their way across in the pond in the coming weeks so as to prepare for the British Open that will take place beginning on July 18. Not only are the courses that the players will see in Europe a better prep for the Open Championship, but getting there a week or two ahead of time will allow them to avoid jet lag. The ability to get on a proper schedule far in advance could very well be a key to a successful outing at Muirfield.
This track played fairly difficult in the first round and took some stars by surprise. There are many high-profile players that will need solid second rounds in order to make it to the weekend.