England’s Graeme McDowell will attempt to become the first player in 77 years to win three straight Alstom Open de France titles when he tees up at the event in Paris beginning Thursday.
The Alstom is the oldest national tournament in continental Europe, dating back in 1906, and has been part of the European Tour since its founding in 1972.
McDowell wont he event with a 5-under 279 last year to defeat Thongchai Jaidee and Kevin Stadler.
The last time a player won this tournament three years in a row, it was courtesy France’s own Marcel Dallemagne, who took the crown from 1936-1938. Only five players have won three straight events on the European Tour – with McDowell seeking to join the list that includes Ian Woosnam, Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Ernie Els, and Tiger Woods.
The last Frenchman to win was Thomas Levet, who did so in 2011.
The tournament is at Le Golf National this year, a course which will also host The Ryder Cup in 2018.
McDowell is paired with France’s Alexander Levy and England’s Lee Westwood for Thursday’s first round.