Northern Irish golfer Graeme McDowell has confirmed that he will return to France for the 99th edition of the famous Alstom Open de France, or simply, the French Open which is scheduled to take place between the 2nd and 5th of July as he attempts to become only the second golfer in the history of the illustrious event to win the title three times on the bounce.
Having successfully managed to defend his title last year, the Northern Irishman will be aiming to emulate the only person who has managed a hat-trick in the event – Frenchman Marcel Dallemagne who won his three titles at Saint-Germain in 1936, Saint-Cloud in 1937 and Fourqueux in 1938.
Speaking to the media, McDowell said that obviously he would be returning to defend his title, adding that it would be a beautiful thing to win the title three times in a row. Graeme McDowell who is currently ranked at number 22 in the Official World Golf Rankings and is a winner of the US Open, won his tenth title on the Tour when he managed to take advantage of a slip from the leader Versailles last year on the final day.
McDowell joins a relatively string field for the tournament which also sees countryman Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry as part of the lineup. McIlroy will be hoping to get his form back that originally saw him either finish first or second in each of the first five events of the year before he missed the cut at the Honda Classic.
But it can be safely said, despite the presence of the world number one, all eyes will be trained on the performances of Graeme McDowell to see whether he does manage to break a long standing record that is the envy of the world.