Thongchai Jaidee nearely lapped the field en route to his eighth European Tour title on Sunday, winning the 100th Open de France at Paris’ Le Golf National. Starting on the 14th hole of Round 2, Jaidee did not record a bogey for 40 straight holes before closing with one on No. 18 on Sunday by which time he had wrapped up the title, shooting 8-under during that stretch.
He won by four strokes over Italy’s Francesco Molinari, who rose eight spots on the final day with a closing 66. Rory McIlroy, who had been two strokes off the lead at the conclusion of 54 holes, fell back to third with a par 71 on the day.
The win gave Jaidee a Euro Tour title in three straight seasons. McIlroy skipped the WGC-Bridgestone to play closer to home just a week after he announced he will skip the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil for fears of the Zika virus.
Molinari came flying out of the gate on Sunday, with four straight birdies on the front nine. He cooled off in the middle of the round before closing with birdies on 17 and 18 to finish with a 5-under 66.