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French Open returns to European Tour schedule

COVID-19 led to cancellation of '20 event, and continental Europe’s oldest national open was excluded from tour's initial '21 schedule

Announced: By the European Tour, that the French Open will be played this year, after all, according to a news release issued Monday. The event, which dates to 1906 and is continental Europe’s oldest national golf open, was not listed on the tour’s schedule that was released in December. Le Golf National, which served as the site of the Europeans' 17½-10½ victory against the Americans in the 2018 Ryder Cup, will host the May 6-9 French Open. The French Open was not played in 2020 because of COVID-19. Gregory Havret, a three-time winner on the European Tour, will serve as the tournament’s first host. France’s Victor Perez, who is in position to qualify for the European Ryder Cup team, will join Havret in their national open along with 2020 European Tour winners Joel Stalter, Antoine Rozner and Romain Langasque of France. The €1.5 million (about $1.8 million) event will be the 19th consecutive French Open to be played at Le Golf National, which is in Guyancourt, southwest of Paris.

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