2010 US Open Champion, Graeme McDowell matched the low round of the day at a wet, and windy Le Golf National in Paris to win The Alstom Open de France on Sunday afternoon. The 34 year-old from Portrush in Northern Ireland got a lot of help from second, and third round leader Kevin Stadler.
McDowell was able to pick up his first win since beating South African, Richard Sterne at this event a year ago. He watched from the clubhouse as Stadler was able to make a birdie at 16, and tie the score. The 2014 Phoenix Open winner made a nice par at 17, but was not able to close the deal at 18.
This was Kevin Stadler’s tournament to win, but early trouble in the foul weather cost him what would be his first victory in Europe. Stadler shot 41 on the front nine and was unable to put one birdie on his scorecard.
Kevin Stadler made some birdies on the back nine, but continued to make bogeys, and signed for a five over par score at the end of the day. He finished in second place with 2015 International, President’s Cup Captain, Tongchai Jaidee.
Last week’s winner in Germany, Fabrizio Zanotti matched Graeme McDowell’s final round four under par 67, but three rounds in the 70’s including a 75 on Saturday would keep him well short of the leaderboard. He finished at one over par for his week in a ninth place tie with Brit, Oliver Fisher.
The win on Sunday afternoon in Paris should give Graeme McDowell some momentum as we get closer to the Open Championship in two weeks. McDowell has always been a fierce competitor, and a terrific bad weather player. The win at Le Golf National is a testament to his tenacity, and was the first time in his career he was able to defend a championship.