DP World Tour - French Open Recap

DP World Tour – French Open Recap

Ryu Hisatune Charges up Leaderboard on Back Nine to the French Open

The co-leaders going into the final round of the French Open struggled on Sunday, leaving the door open for someone to get hot and take the title.

Ryo Hisatsune, of Japan, was that someone.

Hisatsune carded a 30 on the back nine at Le Golf National near Paris to finish with a five-under 66 on the day, beating Jordan Smith and Jeff Winther by two strokes to claim his first DP World Tour title.

“It feels unreal,” he said. “For me, I didn’t think I would win, but I just won! I’m feeling delighted, it’s my first win, I’m so happy. I fly back to Japan tomorrow. Maybe in business class, I don’t know!

“The front nine I did not play well, but the back nine I played very well. I think this was because I wanted to win.”

Hisatsune, who turned 21 earlier this month and is a rookie on the circuit, becomes the third Japanese golfer to win on the DPWT, following Isao Aoki in 1983 and Hideki Matsuyama winning two WGC events and the 2021 Masters.

The was the fifth consecutive week that Hisatsune played in a DPWT event. He started the run with a pair of top 15s but the missed the cut at both the Irish Open and BMW PGA Championship before pulling out the win this week.

“It’s been nothing like I thought (DP World Tour career so far). I only turned pro three years ago, first years playing in Japan, then on to the DP World Tour through Q School,” Hisatsune said. “Now I’m here with my first win in my pro career – it’s so amazing.”

Jordan Smith and Ewen Ferguson were the co-leaders going into Sunday’s final round. Ferguson got off to a rough start with a pair of double bogeys and finished with a five-over 76.

Smith led by six strokes early, but a three-putt for double on the fourth set him back, and by time he bogeyed the 12th hole, Hisatsune tied him for the lead. The Englishman was looking for his first win in nearly a year, last claiming victory in Portugal in October 2022.

Winther had the best round on Sunday with a 65, good enough to tie Smith for runner-up.

Rasmus Hojgaard’s 68 on Sunday put him at -11, finishing in fourth place. Lukas Nemecz was fifth at -10.

There was a four-way tie for sixth, including day one leader Tom Kim, Yannik Paul, Kazuki Higa, and Julien Brun, the highest-finishing Frenchman.

Ferguson wound up tied for 10th with Calum Hill, Zander Lombard, and Thorbjorn Olesen.

Up Next

The Ryder Cup, golf’s match play tournament featuring the United States against Europe, takes place from Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome starting on Friday. The odds are virtually even for this biennial matchup. The U.S. won in 2021, but the European team hasn’t lost at home since 1993.

The DP World Tour resumes in two weeks with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland. Ryan Fox, who also won last week’s BMW PGA Championship, is the defending champion.

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