Jean Van de Velde visited ghosts of Carnoustie June 26 when he made triple-bogey on the final hole of the French Open. It was all too reminiscent of the Frenchman’s triple at the 72nd hole of the 1999 British Open.
Van de Velde’s stumble on the first playoff hole in France resulted in countryman Jean-Francois Remesy successfully defending his title.
Remesy had bogeyed No. 17 and gave Van de Velde a one-shot lead with one hole to play. But Van de Velde bogeyed No. 18 and the two went to a playoff after finishing regulation at 11 under par.
It got even worse in the playoff. Both players hit into the water on their second shots on the first playoff hole, and Remesy won the tournament with a double bogey when Van de Velde made triple-bogey 7.
Said Van de Velde, whose career has been hampered by injuries and who was playing on a sponsor exemption, “We were both done for in the playoff. We had nothing left.”