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From Iain Carter
BBC golf correspondent
They point the largest golf events in Europe, but whats the legacy? Why do they vanish from significance after being center of the golfing globe shortly?
These are questions worth thinking about from the week that Le Golf National plays host to the Open for the first time since the continent victory over the USA .
1 thing is for certain, this functioning of their oldest national Open in continental Europe will not be as grand.
The tournament was shifted from a prime position in the schedule in the end of June and is now worth only #1.4m compared using the #5.6m purse that was played for last year.
Make no mistake, there will be golf on display. The scramble to maintain cards and qualify for the Rush is intensifying.
Along with the likes of Martin Kaymer, Jose Maria Olazabal, Thomas Bjorn and Jamie Donaldson incorporate some stardust.
But when Alex Noren won he beat a field that included defending Spanish giants Jon Rahm champion Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia, US star Justin Thomas and Ryder Cup stalwart Ian Poulter.
This week Bjorn contributes as one of the playing attractions rather than main strategist for an European victory.
That 171/2-101/2 triumph generated lifelong scenes and memories to inspire future generations. The course – set up perfectly to match the home club – and the place around Paris played roles in making a iconic week for European golf.
But it feels as though places that staged house matches for Europe into obscurity may be followed by Le Golf National. Courses which were basics around the circuit have disappeared out of importance.
The Ryder Cup was hosted by the Belfry and whatever you consider the program, which does have its critics, that the first design from the English midlands became a portion of the fabric of golfing history.
However, a Tour event has not been staged by the Brabazon Course as the 2008 Specialists. Celtic Manor in Wales vanished four years.
The K Club, which hosted the 2006 game in County Kildare, has been the house of the European Open between 1995 and 2007. As the Irish Open was maintained by it it disappeared from the calendar other.
Gleneagles staged the 2018 Team Championships and this years Solheim Cup but its deal expired before putting around the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Only Valderrama (1997 Ryder Cup) in southern Spain has remained a standard stop for the continents top players in the wake of holding one of the biennial jousts between Europe and the United States.
Hence the portents are bad at a time once the value of their French Open has somewhat diminished, particularly for Le Golf National.
Initially the French Federation signed a 12-year bargain that would have taken them to 2022.
This happened together with the loss of prime host Alstom, however, the European Union landed a more profitable deal with conglomerate HNA. The agreement values 25m euros seemed to secure the top-level status of the event.
But this deal fell through leaving this tournament able to justify a place at the elite Rolex Series of the tour. So now it stays at this October date, somewhat detached from the limelight it commanded.
The change of date is okay, the largest tournaments ought to have the very best dates, Pascal Grizot, president of Frances 2018 Ryder Cup committee, confessed to LEquipe this past calendar year.
the European Union didnt do more to encourage the tournament but the official questioned. Why did not they opt to help the French Open and the federation as we had been exceptionally loyal to the Ryder Cup? He asked.
The simple response comes down to money, like with many other Ryder Cup venues. Theres money generated to put these areas on the map but it disappears once the goal of Maintaining golfs largest event has been satisfied.
It might prove a story for Le Golf National. According to the next years schedule that the French Open will return into high summer, but there isnt any word on which course will stage the tournament nor its purses dimensions.
Places resonate with golf fans The Belfry, K Club, Celtic Manor, Gleneagles and now potentially Le Golf National are all not venues that have carved places from the games folklore.
They also supply proof that company reality leaves very little room for nurturing and preserving that golf history.
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