Gandon to Compete in 100th French Open

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State men’s golfer Jeremy Gandon will tee it up with some of the world’s best as he qualified to compete in the European Tour’s French Open, Thursday through Sunday, at Le Golf National’s Albatros course in Paris, France.

Gandon, a sophomore for the upcoming 2016-17 season, gained entry into the event in a local qualifier on June 20, after carding an 18-hole score of 69 and the cancellation of the second round due to inclement weather.

The star-studded field Gandon will compete against includes World Number Three and four-time Major champion Rory McIlroy, along with Masters champion Danny Willett. In all, the field includes nine Major winners, 21 European Ryder Cup players and 31 of the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Gandon is hoping to repeat his performance from the French Amateur earlier this summer when he carded a three-round score of 214 to tie for 11th place at Golf de Chantilly in Vineuil-Saint-Firmin, May 20-22.

The French Open will be Gandon’s second-career appearance on the European Tour after playing in the Open Blue Gree Cotes d’Armor Bretagne – part of the European Challenge Tour – in September 2014. In that event, he carded a two-round score of 4-over par 144 (68-76), missing the cut by four strokes.

The 2016 French Open serves as a qualifier for the 145th Open Championship, which will be held July 14-17 at Royal Troon. There are four qualifying places available for the 2016 Open at the 100th Open de France. Places go to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties.