First victory for Kalle Samooja, Victor Perez on the podium

Beyond 20th place on Saturday evening, seven shots off the lead, Finland’s Kalle Samooja had an outstanding Sunday, signing a huge card of 64 (-8) on one of the most difficult courses in the season. At -6 (282), he leaves Dutchman Wil Besseling two points away. Victor Perez, leader at the start of this last lap, climbed on the third step of the podium at -3 with the Englishman Richard Mansell.

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What a scenario! 22nd at +2 after 54 holes having never played under par (two 72s and a 74), Kalle Samooja nevertheless managed to sign an incredible card of 64 (-8) without the slightest bogey. A record but also a real feat both the North course of the Green Eagle Golf Courses Hamburg had, since Thursday, the habit of crushing almost the entire field. A score largely sufficient in any case to afford at 34 his first success on the European Tour (after two failures in the play-off in 2019 and 2020) and at the same time validate his presence at theU.S. Open in less than fifteen days Brookline (Massachusetts).

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On the evening of Moving Day, only eleven golfers had posted a card under par, only two in the 60s. The coup de force achieved by the Finn is therefore all the more remarkable as it could have made a card even more maddening , missing for example this birdie less than three meters from the hole on the terrible par 5 of 16 or even this school chip for eagle (see below) come to die against the mast of the flag of 18.

Quietly installed in the Player’s Lounge for more than two hours after his day without a hitch, Samooja then witnessed the little game of massacre delivered by the men likely to forbid him from brandishing the trophy of this Porsche European Open 2022.

This was for example the case for the Dutch Daan Huizing and Wil Besseling, in turn in the lead before cracking heavily on one of the holes of this decidedly ruthless Hamburg route. Triple then bogey at 11 and 12 for the first, double at 15 for the second. Who will nevertheless end up taking second place alone in the tournament with a final 71 (-1).

And the French in all this? Convened in the last part this Sunday (a first for a tricolor pair since the Dutch Open 2017 and the doublet Romain Wattel-Joel Stalter), Victor Perez and Julian Brown have, alas, never pulled themselves up.

Not a single birdie for the two men before par 5 of 9, in this case for Julien Brun. Until then, Victor Perez, leader at the start of this last lap at -5 but broken down with his putter, had even conceded a bogey at 4. Antibois, certainly caught up in the stakes of a possible qualification for the US Open, had already slipped three times between 2 and 8.

The Tarbais, in champion, however reacted well to the 10 then to the 11, chaining two birdies to hang at -6 the first place ex-aequo but the hope will have lasted only the space of a few moments, the winner of the Dutch Open last week aligning three bogeys between 12 and 15.

Still in a position, certainly very uncomfortable, to take Samooja to the play-off, especially on par 3 of 17, Perez missed the opportunity to come back to -4 and hope for an eagle on par 5 of 18. He will settle for two last pars and a 74 (+2). At -3 (285), he manages to climb on the third step of the podium in the company of the Englishman Richard Mansellauthor of a good 70 (-2).

Julien Guerrier finishes strong

As for Julien Brun, totally missed his day, he signs his worst card since the start of the season on the DP World Tour. A very heavy 80 (+8) weighed down in particular by two other bogeys on the return and above all a horrible quadruple on par 3 of 14 with two balls in the water hazard. He finished 34th at +4 (292).

The best French of this Sunday like no other is called Julian Warrior. The Rochelais, a time in the game on Friday before ending on bogey and double, posted an excellent 69 (-3) which allows him to grab tenth place at -1 (287) in the company of the Englishman Tommy Fleetwood. This is his best result in 2022 since his 9th place obtained on February 13 at the Ras Al Khaimah Classic.

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The French leaderboard

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