Marcel Siem of Germany produced an excellent closing round of 67 to win the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National near Paris by a single shot from Italy’s Francesco Molinari.
It was Molinari who set the clubhouse target, closing with a, round of the week, 64. The Italian started with a double bogey but then posted nine birdies over the remaining 17 holes. He came home in just 29 strokes.
Siem responded well however and, with birdies of his own at the 14th and 15th, he moved clear and was able to keep his nose in front over the testing closing holes.
It was the German’s second European Tour victory and his first since the Dunhill Championship of 2004. Having been in contention a number of times this season, he was finally able to cross the line in first place.
“So many tournaments I kind of destroyed already this year. I was always up there, and I’m so happy that I really got it done in the end,” he said. “It means so much to me to win after that long stretch. It’s all about winning in the end and it puts so much pressure every time you don’t win and people start talking, you will never win again and stuff like that, so it’s very important for me.”
With the victory, Siem has booked his place in the Open Championship and has moved to 11th in the Race to Dubai.
Overnight joint leaders David Howell and Anders Hansen fell away somewhat on Sunday. Howell closed with a one-over-par 72 to finish in a tie for fourth with Ian Poulter and David Lynn while Hansen slumped to a 75 to finish tied 11th.
Alstom Open de France
Le Golf National, Paris, France
5-8 Jul, purse €3,150,000, par 71
1 Marcel Siem (Ger) 68 68 73 67 276 €525,000
2 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 71 68 74 64 277 €350,000
3 Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 68 71 70 69 278 €197,190
T4 David Howell (Eng) 70 70 67 72 279 €133,770
T4 Ian Poulter (Eng) 72 69 69 69 279 €133,770
T4 David Lynn (Eng) 67 72 72 68 279 €133,770
T7 Brendan Steele (USA) 70 70 71 69 280 €86,625
T7 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 68 73 69 70 280 €86,625
T9 Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 70 71 71 69 281 €66,780
T9 Justin Rose (Eng) 71 73 68 69 281 €66,780
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage