Ryo Hisatsune Claims First European Tour Victory at the French Open
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Japanese golfer Ryo Hisatsune secured his first victory on the European Tour by posting an impressive 5-under 66 at the French Open. Hisatsune finished two shots ahead of Jeff Winther of Denmark and Jordan Smith of England to clinch the title.
The 21-year-old Hisatsune displayed his aggressive playstyle throughout the tournament, which ultimately paid off in the final round at Le Golf National. His five birdies on the back nine propelled him up four places on the leaderboard, sealing his first European Tour win.
“I decided to play more aggressive, like ‘go, go, go,'” said Hisatsune, reflecting on his strategy. His aggressive approach allowed him to make crucial birdies and secure the much-desired victory.
While Winther showed strong performance on the final day with a round of 65, moving him up an impressive 10 spots, it was not enough to surpass Hisatsune’s lead. Another Danish golfer, Rasmus Højgaard, who was last year’s runner-up, missed out on the opportunity to clinch the title once again. Højgaard finished in fourth place after his round of 68, trailing three shots behind Hisatsune.
The French Open saw a dramatic battle among the top contenders, with Smith sharing the overnight lead with Ewen Ferguson of Scotland. Both players were vying for their third European Tour victories.
Smith started the day strongly with two early birdies but struggled to maintain his momentum. Three bogeys marred his round, resulting in a 1-over 72 scorecard.
Meanwhile, Ferguson endured a nightmare start with consecutive double bogeys. Despite a birdie in between, he finished with a 5-over 76, which included two more bogeys, pushing him down into a tie for 10th place on the leaderboard.
In addition to the intense competition, the French Open provided picturesque moments on the beautiful Le Golf National course. Ryo Hisatsune’s remarkable rise in the final round was captured by Luke Walker/Getty Images, showcasing the excitement and triumph of his first European Tour victory.
Overall, the French Open proved to be a riveting tournament filled with fierce competition, as Japanese golfer Ryo Hisatsune emerged as the champion, leaving a lasting impression on the European Tour. With this incredible win, Hisatsune has surely carved his name among the rising stars in the world of professional golf.