After his impressive victory at the 2018 HNA Open de France, Alex Noren was full of praise for Le Golf National’s testing layout and believes it sets up perfectly for matchplay.
The Swede picked up his tenth European Tour title, his second Rolex Series event victory, thanks to an impressive ten under par weekend around the French links.
After making a two at the 16th, Noren followed it up with a vital birdie at 17 from across the green. But when his birdie on the last slid by, the Swede wasn’t convinced he’d posted a low enough score.
However, with the final groups struggling during the testing four hole close, Noren finished one ahead of the field to become the first Swede to win the Open de France.
Naturally, heads now turn to what a fantastic Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National will be.
Noren said: “I think for us, it's almost a better match-play course because with all this rough.
“I think when you play here, you lose a lot of shots if you just hit one bad in the rough. It's not always possible to get out of it.
“So it just maybe even better for match play.”
And how to play well here?
“I think ball striking (is important),” Noren added.
“Just hit the fairways. Hit enough fairways or just into the rough. You need to be quite straight off the tee.
“It helped this week when the fairways were very firm. They were rolling, so you could hit a little bit less club off the tee, and you get a 20-, 30-yard roll sometimes and you don't have to hit that many drivers, which helps, because the fairways are narrow.”
Winning here for Noren most certainly breeds confidence for himself and, should he make the team, he may be tough to beat around this course.
“Well, it boosts your confidence a lot,” Noren said.
“If I would be on the team, it would mean a lot. You get good memories from here. The first two years I came here, I thought I could never win around here. The last three years, I've had good results and that helps a lot.”
It is sure to be an exciting match up at The 2018 Ryder Cup and the super Swede’s victory will hopefully work in Team Europe’s favour.