Anders Hansen leads the Alstom Open De France with a -5 under par 65 to lead by one shot at the Le Golf National course in Paris.
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Anders defied a hand injury and testing conditions at Le Golf National to take a one shot lead after the opening round of the Alstom Open de France. He will undergo surgery in Zurich next week to try and overcome the long-standing hand problem. This course is good enough for the Ryder Cup, in his opinion;
“I’m telling you, it’s a great venue for The Ryder Cup. The course is set up perfect for it. The spectators get such a good view and it’s such a great finish to the round. I think it’s going to be a great venue. It is a tough course, the greens are pretty firm and it’s tight out there. There’s hardly any wind, and you see the scores aren’t that great. I played actually really solid from tee to green, I think I only missed two or three greens. I putted quite well, so just sort of all came together. At some stage it seemed a bit easy, but this course gets your attention and next thing you know, you’re making bogeys.”
Of his long-term battle with the hand injury, he is hoping that this surgery will be a quick fix;
“ I’ve had it for years and years and years, they are going in three different places and they are going to remove a cyst I have here and clean this up and hopefully there’s a 50/50 chance it’s going to be okay. The other thing is to take the whole bone out and cut it a bit, but that’s a big operation and I would be out for six months, so we are hoping to do that and it’s going to be good enough. It’s just wear and tear from hitting too many golf balls.”
Frenchman Romain Wattel is in second place at -4 under par, he wants to play well in front of the home crowd;
“You are in front of the French crowds, so you want to be good, you want to play great golf and so there is pressure on me. I’m trying to play my best and just focus on the shot I have to play, that’s the only thing I can do.”
Martin Kaymer was part of a nine-strong group on three under par, while defending Champion Marcel Siem sadly signed for a first round of 78.