19th September 2010 | Alps Tour Golf
Eyraud of the day!
Frenchman Raphael Eyraud, 35 year old next Wednesday, captured the Allianz Open Stade Français Paris by defeating Matthieu Bey after first extra hole. Eyraud shot 67 and Bey 68 to be -11 total after 4 rounds. The last group with yesterday’s leaders was not in the race any more four holes before the end. Bihan and Joakimides dropped two shots in a row on 15th and 16th and Benjamin Nicolay made dropped one on the 17th to open the door to challengers.
Spain’s Pedro Erice has been playing for a victory for 3 weeks now and looking forward to finally grab a trophy. He finished at third place alone and jumped to 12th place at Alps Tour order of merit.
Eyraud described to journalists the story of the day:
“This win is totally unexpected. I started very bad and after 7 holes I had already dropped 3 shots. I tell myself to try to enjoy. Then I holed a good birdy on the 9th and I felt I could play better. My back nine was incredible. I hit the green always very closed to the pins and I though why not being in the top 10… I turned 7 under on back nine and made again a birdy on the 18th during the play off… What a day ! It is golf. This year, either I missed the cut on events I played or I got into a play off. I have lost the one at French PGA Championship and I won today. A little voice in my mind is whispering me to try again European Tour qualifying school next year… We will see.
I want to thank and congratulate my playing partners, Pedro Erice and Matthieu Bey. We are al together on the podium and it was a great match. I am sure they will have a win soon.”
Jason Palmer is still leading the Alps Tour order of merit and followers kept their place as well.