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From Iain Carter
BBC golf correspondent
What is the long-term legacy, although they stage the largest golf events in Europe? Is it that they disappear from relevance after being center of the golf world soon?
These are questions worth thinking about from the week which Le Golf National plays host to the Open for the first time because the massive victory over the USA of the continent .
1 thing is for sure, this autumnal functioning of the oldest national Open in Europe will not be as grand as the Opens that preceded the 2018 Ryder Cup.
The tournament was shifted from a prime place in the schedule at the end of June and is currently worth just #1.4m compared with the #5.6m handbag that has been played for last year.
Make no mistake, there will be golf on show. The scramble to store cards and qualify for the Rush is intensifying.
Along with the likes of Jose Maria Olazabal, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Bjorn and Jamie Donaldson incorporate some stardust.
But when Alex Noren won he beat a field that included defending champion Tommy Fleetwood, Spanish giants Jon Rahm along with Sergio Garcia, US celebrity Justin Thomas and Ryder Cup stalwart Ian Poulter.
Bjorn returns to the spectacle of the tumultuous victory of his team among the main playing attractions instead of main strategist for an victory.
This 171/2-101/2 win created scenes and memories to inspire future generations. The class – set to suit the home team – and the prime location nearby Paris played parts in making an iconic week for European golfing.
But it feels like Le Golf National could follow a lot of venues that staged home matches for Europe into obscurity. Courses that were once principles around the circuit have disappeared out of importance.
The Belfry hosted the Ryder Cup and anything you think of the course, which does have its critics, the layout from the midlands became a significant portion of the cloth of golfing history.
But the Brabazon Course has not staged a Tour event since the 2008 British Specialists. Celtic Manor in Wales vanished following the Ryder Cup, four years from the program in 2014.
The K Club, which hosted the 2006 game was the house of the European Open between 2007 and 1995. It disappeared from the calendar apart from in 2016 as the Irish Open was maintained by it.
Gleneagles staged this years Solheim Cup and the 2018 Team Championships before putting on the 2014 Ryder Cup but its deal died.
Just Valderrama (1997 Ryder Cup) in southern Spain has remained a routine stop for the continents leading players in the aftermath of holding one of those biennial jousts between Europe and the United States.
Hence the portents are bad at a time when the French Opens value has somewhat diminished, especially for Le Golf National.
The French Federation signed a bargain that could have obtained them to 2022 together using the tournament being ensured to be well worth a minimum of euros.
This crashed with the loss of prime sponsor Alstom, but with conglomerate HNA a deal was landed by the European Union for 2016. The agreement worth 25m euros appeared to fasten the event standing.
But that deal fell through leaving this historic tournament no longer able to warrant a location in the elite Rolex Series of the tour. So now it stays within this October date, slightly detached.
The change of date is acceptable, the biggest tournaments should have the very best dates, Pascal Grizot, president of Frances 2018 Ryder Cup committee, confessed to LEquipe this past year.
the European Tour did not do more to encourage the championship, but the official questioned. Why didnt they opt to aid the French Open and the federation as we had been extremely loyal to the Ryder Cup? He asked.
The easy answer comes down to cash, such as with other former Ryder Cup venues. Theres cash generated to place these places but it disappears once the goal of Maintaining golfs largest event was fulfilled.
It could prove a story to get Le Golf National. In accordance with next years schedule the French Open will move back into high summer, however there isnt any word on which course will stage the championship nor its own purses magnitude.
Places instantly resonate with golf lovers Gleneagles, K Club, Celtic Manor, The Belfry and potentially Le Golf National are all not only places that have carved enormous places from the games folklore.
They supply evidence that company reality leaves room for preserving and nurturing that golf history.
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