Coupe Frayssineau Mouchy

Round 1

I started on hole 10 at 09h17 this morning. Fontainebleau is just south of Paris and a little bit colder than the South-West. It was windy, so the wind chill made it feel even colder but whatever the temperature the course is beautiful.

First Tee

I played well today. Not much went wrong, I wasn't quite as accurate as I normally am with my iron play but I hit a lot of greens (16) in regulation. I also hit a lot of fairways and rolled in some good putts. A single bogey on hole 13 after my tee shot finished in a divot (on the fairway). A couple of birdies later on for a round of 70, 1 under par.

1 under

after first round

Round 2

There was a short delay for my afternoon start on day 2 due to an early morning frost which left the greens in a delicate condition. Starting on hole number 1, I got off to a nice start with birdies on 2 and 5 after two quality iron shots which brought my score for the tournament down to 3 under par. I bad bogey on 8 followed by a 4m putt on 9 which dropped in for a birdie.


round two

The back nine is more challenging than the front so did my best to keep the ball under control and out of trouble - without worrying too much about trying to birdie every hole. A series of pars until a bogey on 16 was acceptable. 17 is a short par 4, I hit my drive onto the green but the ball rolled across the green onto a lowish bank less than a metre from the back of the green. I chose to putt rather than chip - it was a good choice as the ball rolled 25m to the hole and dropped in for eagle. A par on 18 for a round of 68 (-3) and a one shot lead at the top of the board.

Round 3

I was one shot ahead at the start of round 3. Here at Fontainebleau the last two rounds are played on Sunday and as a 2-ball group. I was paired with Nathan Trey. Nat's a great player and a good friend. Nat and I have played lots of rounds together when we were younger (often against each other and sometimes as a pairing in 4-ball matches for Aquitaine), we even played the practice round together earlier this week. The funny thing was after the practice round we joked about playing together again on Sunday!

I started the round well again. I birdied 3 and 5 after two good iron shots but gave a shot back on 6 after a loose iron shot. I saved a superb par on 8 to play the front nine one under par. I didn't play quite as well on the back nine: 2 bogeys and 7 pars bringing my score to 72 (+1).


third round score

I was really disappointed to shoot over par but after the morning session my lead had extended to 5 shots maybe +1 wasn't so bad after all.

Round 4

Nat and I had about an hour and ten minutes between the end of round 3 and the start of the final 18 holes. Just enough time to eat, warm up and get psyched for the last leg of the competition.

Benoît, Nat's dad enjoying coffee after lunch

I felt a few more nerves standing on the tee box on hole one waiting for the pistol shot, which would signal the start of the round. Yes really, a pistol; apparently they use it to scare the crows! It was a nervous energy which felt good, enough to make sure that I would be focused all afternoon on each shot.

I scrambled a par on 1. My tee shot on the par 3 two was really good but I missed a relatively short putt - it went along the line I wanted it to, it didn't drop, that's the way it goes sometimes. Dad muttered something about random events and we walked to the next tee. I bounced straight back on 3 with a birdie but bogeyed the 4th despite of hitting probably my sweetest iron of the championship. The ball landed about a metre from the pin, bounced off the green and ran under a bush - nearly saved par. I managed to save two good pars on 6 and 10 followed by birdie on the 11th. I struggled a bit over the next three holes, my shot making was not as good as it needed to be, 3 successive bogeys wasn't really what was needed. I pulled myself together made a series of pars until 18. I was a bit out of position, so hit a controlled draw around the trees onto the green. I three putted, I was really annoyed with myself for three putting but in the end who cares? It was good enough to lift the trophy.

Three in a row - it feels really good!


Alexis Orloff's photographs of the tournament.

Jean-Luc Goude's photographs of the prize presentation and the competition.

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