Just like Jean Van de Velde at Carnoustie in 1999, came agonizingly close to becoming the first Frenchman to win the Open Golf Championship since Arnaud Massy in 1907. Shot 66 in the final round at Muirfield in 2002 to tie with Stuart Appleby, Steve Elkington and Ernie Els. After again tying with Els in the initial four-hole play-off, he lost to the South African in sudden-death. Became first Frenchman to play on US PGA Tour in 1994 after taking 18th place in Qualifying School and divided his time between Europe and America in 2003. Struggled in 1996 and 1997 and received invite, as a result of his ranking on the French Tour, to play in 1998 Cannes Open which he subsequently won, becoming the first winner on home soil since Jean Garaialde took the French Open in 1969. A play-off figured in his first title outside France too, the Victor Chandler British Masters, after a four-way shoot out at Woburn's Marquess Course in 2001. Son of a Parisian doctor and born into a true sporting family. His father was a first class hockey and tennis player, his mother played for France at volleyball and his grandfather was a professional cyclist.
3 - 1998 Cannes Open, 2001 Victor Chandler British Masters, 2004 Barclays Scottish Open
1998 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 8; top ten finishes - 1; Scoring Average - 72.09 (ranked 74thth); money ?131,145 & £93,675 (ranked 69th); winner Cannes Open.
1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 1; stroke average 71.97 (ranked T73rd); money ?140,785 & £100,561 (ranked 83rd); best finish T10th, The Sarazen Open
2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 1; stroke average 72.28 (ranked 104th); money ?179,659 & £106,848 (ranked 83rd); best finish T2nd, Moroccan Open.
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 6; stroke average 70.71 (ranked 31st); money ?801,747 & £498,494 (ranked 19th); winner Victor Chandler British Masters.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 20; top-10 finishes - 3; stroke average 71.43 (ranked 60th); money ?821,430 & £523,754 (ranked 25th); best finish T2nd, British Open.
2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered: 3 / Rounds Played: 12 / Cuts made: 3 / Top-10 Finishes: 1 / Best finish: T-2 at the British Open / Earnings: $532,186 Rank (124th - unofficial).
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 8; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 70.39 (ranked 7th); money ?274,432 & £191,337 (ranked 78th); best finish T7th, Volvo PGA Championship.
2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; Rounds Played - 83; in money - 16; top -10 Finishes - 1; money $470,021 Rank (133rd); Best finish: T-6th at the Chrysler Championship.
Scoring - 71.61 / (140th); Driving Distance - 286.9 / (92nd); Driving Accuracy - 63.2% / (136th); GIR - 67.6% / (48th); Putting - 1.817 / (186th); Birdie Average - 3.35 per rd / (153rd) / Total Birdies - 278; Sand Saves - 43.4% / (156th); All-Around Rank - 1031 / (164th).
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