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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 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

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Michael Martinez with a savage mock-up of some Ryder Cup Jordans

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We think so too, Kevin.

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Here are GolfWRX, we love our Ryder Cup swag. Gianni brought you news of the U.S. squad’s apparel and some goodies from Puma last week. Today, we have more Ryder Cup-related gear news for fans of golf’s most storied team competition: Adidas is launching a limited edition Tour360 to commemorate the showdown at Le Golf National.

Available Sept. 24, the shoes draw their inspiration from the famed Ryder Cup trophy. The 10-cleated TPU outsole is designed to look like the wood grain finish at the trophy’s base, and the TPU top plate is shiny and gold like the trophy itself.

While the exterior of the shoe is the same whether your support the United States or Europe, the fortunate souls who snag a pair of the limited-edition shoes will be able to choose their preferred sockliner. One features the American flag and the final scores from every Ryder Cup since 1979, the other, the European flag.

“We know how much the Ryder Cup means to fans all over the world,” said Masun Denison, global footwear director, adidas Golf. “It’s the most competitive event in golf, and brings out a level of emotion that you don’t normally see in the sport. Possession of the Ryder Cup trophy is what both of these teams and fans are after, so we looked to it for inspiration.”

The shoes (MSRP $220) will come with a limited-edition shoe bag and will only available online at adidas.com.

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Titleist is getting into the rope hat game with its Tour Rope Flat Bill, worn perhaps most prominently by Cameron Smith recently, but seen adorning the heads of Adam Scott, Jason Kokrak, and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

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