Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell has confirmed that he will indeed be making a return to the Le Golf National Course in Versailles, France in July as he bids to become only the second golfer in the history of the game to win the event three times in a row.
The French Open tees off on the 2nd of July and will conclude on the 5th and McDowell will be hoping to emulate the achievements the one man whose name has entered into the folklore of the French Open – Marcel Dallemagne of France, who won the title three times on the bounce.
Dallemagne won the 1936 event at Saint-Germain before following it up with two more wins the following two seasons at Saint-Cloud and Fourqueux respectively.
Speaking at a press conference, McDowell stated that it is quite obvious that he will be back to defend his title. He went on to add that an added bonus would be being able to win the title for the third successive time and do something that has not been done in the past 70 years.
Graeme McDowell triumphed in 2013 and 2014 and he is the bookies’ favourite to retain the title and rewrite history.
McDowell pounced late last year to secure the title which saw a dramatic collapse in the last round from the American golfer Kevin Stadler which saw the Ryder Cup return to form in stunning fashion. However, it will not be easy for the Northern Irishman with the likes of Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry all confirming to participate in this year’s event.
But Graeme McDowell is confident that he will be able to do it and he feels a win here would kick start his faltering season as well that has seen him fail to win a title yet.