Cape Town - World No 4 Jon Rahm will join defending champion
Tommy Fleetwood in teeing it up at the Open de France from June 28-July 1.
The in-form Open de España champion will return to Le Golf
National after recording a tied tenth place finish at last year's event as Race
to Dubai champion Fleetwood triumphed on 12-under par.
Rahm has started this season with aplomb, securing a top 20
place at the WGC-Mexico Championship in March before recording his best-ever
Major Championship finish at the Masters Tournament where he finished outright
The 23-year-old, who hails from the Basque region of Spain,
then clinched an emotional victory by triumphing at this year's Open de España
and in doing so became the sixth Spaniard to win the event.
Rahm signed for a closing 67 at Centro
Nacional de Golf to finish the week on 20-under par, two shots ahead of
overnight leader Paul Dunne of Ireland, with fellow Spaniard Nacho Elvira a
shot further back in third place.
With his victory on home soil in Madrid, the Spaniard
became the third fastest player of all-time to reach three European Tour wins.
This year's Open de France will once again take place
at Le Golf National, the venue for The Ryder Cup on September 28-30, and
will be the final tournament played at the course before Thomas Bjørn's
European team take on Jim Furyk's American side.
Rahm, who secured two Rolex Series wins last season at the Irish Open and the season-ending
DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, is looking forward to teeing it up in France
after a strong tournament last year and will be aiming to join a long list of
esteemed Spaniards to win the event, including Seve Ballesteros and José María
"I am really excited to once again play in the Open de
France. It's such a brilliant event and one I thoroughly enjoyed last year,"
"The course was in superb condition and I'm sure it will be
just as good this time around. It's a great place to play golf and I absolutely
love Paris as a city with its culture and diverse range of things to do. The
French fans are so passionate - you can really feed off their energy around the
"The Rolex Series was a great addition to the European Tour
last year and the events now have an added prestige around them. I was lucky
enough to win two Rolex Series events last year and I am really looking forward
to trying to add the Open de France to my collection."