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French pro says French people don’t really care about golf or the Ryder Cup

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French people don’t really care about golf, says French pro golfer Michael Lorenzo-Vera. The 33-year-old is one of 19 entrants in the Open de France this week.

Reportedly, only 10 percent of French people follow golf, and according to the European Golf Course Owners Association, only 400,000 of the country’s 66 million citizens play golf.

Lorenzo-Vera spoke with the New York Times, and he doesn’t think hosting the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National is going to do much to boost the game’s popularity in the country.

“People don’t care about the Ryder Cup. Honestly, nobody knows there’s going to be a Ryder Cup in France. Only the golfers know. That’s it. There won’t be many French there. There will be so many more from England or Spain.”

Asked about the perception of golf in France, he had this to say

“Golf is a very private thing for people in France. Private courses for only rich families or rich people — that’s it….Golf is not a good thing here. It’s for rich people and spoiled kids. That’s the image we have.”

Hmm. Well that’s definitely not good stuff.

His take on French golfers wasn’t exactly great either.

“Mentally, the Americans are way ahead. They are much more positive, aggressive and patient than French golfers…The French player typically doesn’t putt very well, either. The Americans’ short game is fantastic. The French also complain. I’m not kidding…In France, we push too hard and complain. We get angry and swear.”

And who’s to blame for the lack of French major champions? The schools, apparently.

“The French education points out the negative things instead of pushing hard on the positive things. It brings you down mentally. This is why we don’t have any big champions.”

Wow. Albert Camus would have offered a rosier take.

Probably not helping his mood any: Lorenzo-Vera opened with a 6-over 77 at Le Golf National.

But seriously, this is an interesting story, right? If French people don’t really care about golf or play the game, why is the Ryder Cup being held there? To jumpstart participation and interest?

And how representative should we take Lorenzo-Vera’s comments to be? Any of our European WRXers have a take on this?

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  1. New Order

    Jul 2, 2018 at 4:08 am

    Maybe reading this article could bring a different light :

    http://www.rydercup.com/news-media/europe/french-fans-ryder-cup-record-numbers

  2. George

    Jun 30, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Desperate Democrats protest marching for open borders to import illegal dago voters… sooo obvious.

  3. Mick

    Jun 30, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Its true , Golf is not even a sport to the French. A past time for the rich is all it is.

  4. mlecuni

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Football, rugby, tennis, judo, handball, track and fields are much more common in France than golf.

    It is true that golf is confidential here and still has a sticker on it “for rich people” and “not a real sport” + There is very few muni golf too.

    Moreover, it’s not available on tv as only one private tv channel streams some tournaments (mostly european tour and PGA/LPGA).
    Even the evian championship is confidential and not stream on national tv.

    Now, i would like to ear from other french pro.

    • Man

      Jun 29, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      Don’t forget cycling and Tour de France. And skiing.

  5. Grenouille

    Jun 29, 2018 at 2:47 am

    With a name like Michael Lorenzo-Vera, you are not French, is why the real French ignore you. They don’t think you’re very French.

  6. Chippster

    Jun 28, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I can give a different viewpoint. I live on the Atlantic coast in France. And, I play at non-private golf courses. It looks to me that golf is growing here. There are regularly a lot of beginners at the well attended group lessons at the course I normally play at… even this evening! The proportion of women golfers seems high. There’s a surprising number of kids and teenagers learning how to golf and playing in competitions.

    All that said, professional golf still has little recognition here. It’s all about soccer and rugby in France, and handball, basketball and other sports to some degree.

    In my estimation, the biggest hole in their player development system is (probably) a lack of university programs.

    I am not in the golf industry and I am only reporting what I see in my local area, but there’s my 2c.

    • harold

      Jun 28, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      Most western nation universities do not have US-style athletic programs. French universities will never follow the US for campus athletics…. jamais !!!!!
      And 2 centimes is less than 2¢ US.

      • gif

        Jun 29, 2018 at 12:03 am

        French universities are filled with Marxist-Leninists… aka “anarchists”. 😮

  7. faq

    Jun 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    The French love themselves…. and hate everybody and everything not Fremch…. it’s their je ne sais quois thing about golf…. snoots all except for this frustrated frenchman golffing pro. He’s incroyablement stupide… un bête noir … si évident …

    • Chippster

      Jun 29, 2018 at 7:14 am

      The French seem to be nice. I am having a positive experience living here. And, the food! It is incredible. I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

    • JThunder

      Jun 29, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      “love themselves and hate everybody and everything not French” …

      I’m sure there’s some truth there, but I hope you’re not singling out the French on this.

      Or maybe you’ve not heard of Brexit and Red Hat America.

  8. MD

    Jun 28, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Gotta appreciate the candor

    • Jean Van De Velde

      Jun 28, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      …and if it wasn’t for that F**kin’ bleacher seats…I woulda won the open at Carnoustie.

  9. ogo

    Jun 28, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Sports in France? Frenchmen only get out of bed to rest before diving back in.. 😮

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.23.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

A custom TeI3 Newport from Embrace Putters.

Airstrike headcovers from Bettinardi Golf are hitting the Hive this Thursday.

While these flat-sticks from Bettinardi look very impressive.

It wasn’t just the Egg Cover that the guys over at Swag were busy creating for this Easter.

How about this creation from National Custom Works, exciting or scary?

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The perfect amount of exciting & scary.

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Love the coloring of these putter covers from MLA Golf that will be released this summer.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Former caddie Steve Williams raves about Tiger Woods’ victory at the 2019 Masters

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Tiger Woods’ ex-caddie, Steve Williams, has spoken in glowing terms concerning the 43-year-old’s latest victory at the Masters, a win which Williams believes will “re-energize” the sport.

The New Zealander, who was speaking to ESPN’S Bob Harig, admitted that though he doesn’t watch the sport regularly on TV anymore, he made an exception last weekend, and feels how his former boss’ victory at Augusta National will do wonders for the game.

“Now that Tiger has come right back there again, winning a major championship, possibly putting Jack’s (Nicklaus) record in play again … it just re-energizes the game . . .  It’s absolutely awesome.

He’s the only guy who can energize the game like that. All those kids who were watching had to think it was fantastic. And so what he’s done is a remarkable achievement. It’s so positive.”

Though Williams and Woods’ high profile split in 2011 was less than amicable, Williams credited the 15-time major champion’s “amazing achievement” in coming back from the point where he was on the verge of retiring to claim his fifth green jacket down to “pure guts and hard work.”

“Given the fact that two years ago he stated that he was unlikely to play competitive golf again, or was seriously doubting it – he wouldn’t just say that in jest, There would have been a lot of truth to it. For him to actually come back full cycle to win a major championship… it’s just an incredible story.

 It’s an amazing achievement of pure guts and hard work for him and just a true indication of what he is made of. It proves again what an amazing athlete he is. It’s just an amazing achievement.”

Williams also believes that the passing of golfing legend Arnold Palmer in 2016 had a significant impact on Woods, and while writing for the Australian site The Players Voice, the New Zealander stated

“I’m thinking that when Arnold passed away there was a realisation in Tiger that golf had lost a guy who was the most popular player ever. It was about a year after Arnold died that Tiger started his comeback after his back surgery and I think he may have decided that with his second chance he wanted to be remembered the way Arnold was remembered. I do think the passing of Arnie had a change in that respect.”

Steve Williams caddied for Woods between 1999 and 2011 and was on the 43-year-old’s bag for 13 of his 15 major championship victories.

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Couple to name son after Tiger Woods after husband wins a bet with his wife

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Tiger Woods’ victory at last week’s Masters had a significant impact in the sporting world, and its meaning will forever be remembered in the household of a Dallas couple who are set to name their child after the 15-time major champion.

Trey Little, a lifelong golf fan, drew up a contract the week of the tournament (as you do), which stated that “If Tiger Woods wins the Masters this week, I (father) get to have the option of naming our son (coming September 2019) Tiger Little.” which his wife, Denise, signed.

Speaking to the NY Post, Little talked about the reaction of his wife and himself when they realized that Woods was about to win the event last Sunday.

“On hole 18, we realized, ‘Wow, he’s really going to pull this thing off. This whole thing started almost as a joke, then it turned into something really real, really quick.”

The name may not be the easiest to live up to, but with the child’s middle name to be Julian, Trey has all the bases covered, joking “He could always go by T.J.”

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