‘We have to stop the damage’

As always ambitious for the French Open, Pascal Grizot, president of the French Golf Federation, laments that the leaders of the historic circuit are unable to sit around a table to get out of the crisis caused by the arrival of Saudi Arabia on the world golf chessboard.

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Pascal Grizot hopes to capitalize on Saturday’s arrival at the French Open, head of the DP World Tour Keith Bailey, to continue his broking business and in assists gives the French Open the place it deserves.

Keith Bailey will be there on Saturday but does not wish to answer reporters’ questions as he has no new information to bring regarding the future of the tournament. We had serious hopes that the French Open would be endorsed by the PGA Tour and DP World Tour in 2023, But the product will not be ready before 2025, we are told,” the union president said, somewhat disappointed by the turn of events.

The DP World Tour will be in the 3rd or 4th Circuit category if this continues
Grizzot still dreams of making the French Open a big step on a “global circuit” and regrets that the arrival of the Saudis was seen as a threat rather than an opportunity.

This summer, he had the opportunity to play golf with Yasser Al-Rumayyan, head of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, at the National Golf Course, and he still hopes to play the middleman. “We have to get out of this situation by offering a product that aligns with what our historic golf partners, viewers and TV viewers all over the world want.

This means that you see the best players in the world in the major tournaments on a planet scale. Like the NBA, who does not hesitate to move. This would serve the development of golf. “Since the end of the 2018 Ryder Cup, the President of the Federation has looked forward to a great fate for the French Open.

“With Christophe Monissa, we have been wanting to create a joint championship with the European Tour for several years. A championship similar to the events of the WGC.” Unfortunately, the current situation with the appearance of the Saudis frustrated the plans of the French who found themselves on the sidelines of discussions between Keith Bailey and Jay Monahan, involved in their strategic alliance Against an opponent with unlimited resources.

We have to stop the damage. You have to think about the general interest of golf. It is not possible that they cannot sit around a table. The DP World Tour will be in the category of the third or fourth circuit if this continues. “In the beginning of July, during the JP McManus Pro-Am, Grizzot had the opportunity to discuss the situation with the two historical ringleaders.

Head ffgolf is particularly concerned about a potential new dynamic coming from Asia. The Asian Tour, which passed under the yoke of the Saudis, will already explore the tournament routes in Europe with the ambassadors who are the players of LIV Golf.

Sergio Garcia for Spain, Henrik Stenson for Sweden and Martin Kaymer for Germany. Never lacking in ideas, Pascal Grisot sees things differently. He imagines France hosting one of the four Grand Slams he brought, in his mind, to replace the now moribund World Golf Championships.

“What we are proposing is that the rings participate in 4 tournaments where they will be the best in the world, one in Asia, one in South Africa, one in Europe, one in Australia, and a final in Jeddah.” A major international conducive to the development of golf in France, as is tennis with Roland-Garros and horseback riding with Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping that brings together the best riders from around the world at the end of June in Champ-de-Mars.

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