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September 14, 2018
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Dismissed: The Ryder Cup’s effect on French golf, by Evian Championship chairman Franck Riboud, before the LPGA’s final major championship of the season, this week’s Evian Championship in the French Alps. “We need a [French] champion, that’s all,” said Riboud, the retired chief of food giant Danone, which owns the Evian water brand. “I think we need a project for the young French player to show we are a champion in the next five years. ... We don’t have a golf culture. We have to build it.” The Ryder Cup will be played Sept. 28-30 at Le Golf National near Paris. No Frenchman qualified for Europe’s team. Alexander Levy, who is No. 88 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is France’s top-ranked golfer. Karine Icher, at No. 121 in the Rolex Rankings, is the top-ranked Frenchwoman. Arnaud Massy, the 1907 British Open winner, is France’s only men’s major champion. France has produced two female major champions: Catherine Lacoste in the 1967 U.S. Women’s Open and Patricia Meunier-Lebouc in the 2003 ANA Inspiration.


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