Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - Englishman Tommy Fleetwood fired a bogey-free final round of 66 to
win the French Open at Le Golf National by one shot on Sunday.
26-year-old finished on 12 under par for the tournament after his
five-under closing effort, edging out American Peter Uihlein, whose
charge came too late.
It was a third European Tour title for Fleetwood, who finished fourth at the US Open last month.
will head to the British Open, which starts on July 20 in his hometown
of Southport, expecting to significantly improve his record of three
straight missed cuts.
"Today, it's a day that I'll never forget,"
he told europeantour.com. "The way I felt coming down the stretch, the
holes and the shots you have to hit."
Fleetwood also retook the
lead in the European Tour's Race to Dubai from Masters champion Sergio
Garcia, and on current form looks a good bet to qualify for Thomas
Bjorn's European Ryder Cup team to take on the Americans at the same
course to the southwest of Paris next year.
"With the start I had
this year, it's very easy to look at the Race to Dubai and want to look
towards the end of the year," he said.
"Winning the Race to Dubai, it's going to be tough.
was a long way ahead and then Sergio won the Masters. You can't control
what other people do. With how strong the Tour is, there's no reason
why people can't win majors. It might be me, it might be someone else."
who began the day a stroke behind joint-overnight leaders Peter Uihlein
and Alexander Bjoerk, started well with birdies on the second and third
holes to take the lead.
The world number 21 added his third
birdie of the day on the par-five ninth, before two more at 13 and 14
opened up a three-shot advantage over Uihlein.
He parred his way in to set an imposing clubhouse target.
had started poorly in playing the first five holes in two over par, but
a run of three birdies in four holes from the 11th gave him an outside
chance of a second European Tour title.
He poured in another on
the 17th to head down the difficult last needing a birdie to force a
play-off, but failed to hole out from the greenside bunker.
Sweden's Bjoerk rattled in a long birdie putt on the final green to grab one of the three British Open places on offer.
the top three finishers in the top 10 who were not yet exempt given
invitations to play in the years' third major tournament, Uihlein and
Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera joined Bjoerk in booking their spots for
Dane Thorbjorn Olesen carded eight birdies in a
six-under-par final round of 65 to catapult himself into a share of
third place with Lorenzo-Vera and Bjoerk.
Leading scores after the fourth and final round of the 101st French Open at Golf National near Paris on Sunday. Par 71 (GBR/IRL unless stated):
272 - Tommy Fleetwood 67-68-71-66
273 - Peter Uihlein (USA) 67-67-71-68
276 - Mike Lorenzo-Vera (FRA) 71-69-70-66, Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 69-69-73-65, Alexander Bjoerk (SWE) 66-69-70-71
277 - Ryan Fox (NZL) 73-67-70-67
278 - Ross Fisher 70-67-71-70, Adrian Otaegui (ESP) 68-66-74-70, Li Haotong (CHN) 71-70-70-67
279 - Lee Westwood 71-67-71-70, Alex Noren (SWE) 69-71-69-70, Jon Rahm (ESP) 70-69-71-69
280 - Thomas Pieters (BEL) 66-71-69-74, Andy Sullivan 68-70-68-74, Paul Dunne 70-72-73-65
281 - David Drysdale 70-69-70-72, Pablo Larrazabal 68-73-72-68, Paul Waring 64-72-72-73, Maximilian Kieffer (GER) 71-68-72-70, Gary Stal (FRA) 69-73-69-70, Kristoffer Broberg (SWE) 68-71-70-72, Adrien Saddier (FRA) 68-73-68-72
286 - Francesco Molinari 71-70-71-74
287 - Ian Poulter 72-69-71-75
290 - Martin Kaymer (GER) 69-73-77-71
292 - Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 72-71-75-74