Alstom Open de France: Preview

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A host of Europe's leading names will be in attendance at Le Golf National this week, with six of last year's Ryder Cup heroes set to feature at the Alstom Open de France.

The tournament is the oldest national open in continental Europe, and has been on the European Tour schedule since 1972, boasting one of the richest prize funds on the current circuit with a purse of €3million.

Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari and Ian Poulter will all be present for the 97th staging of the French Open, along with world number five Matt Kuchar, who was part of the United States team at the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Donald returns to Le Golf Nacional for the first time in three years, after finishing joint 11th as Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez won the 2010 title.

Last year's winner Marcel Siem returns to defend what was only his second European Tour title, after succeeding Thomas Levet as champion in 2011. 

The Frenchman will also be in attendance for his home tournament in a strong homegrown field of golfers this year, that also includes April's Open de Espana winner Raphael Jacquelin.

With a winning prize of €500,000, this weekend will provide a good chance for players to make significant progress in the Race to Dubai, as well as an opportunity to enjoy Le Golf National, the chosen course to host the Ryder Cup in 2018.


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