France makes history in ARGENTINA
France was one of the candidate teams to win the Eisenhower Trophy. While historically had never won the event, this time, the quality of its members encouraged the consecration.
The Buenos Aires Golf Club (par 72) was the scene of its gratification, where Denmark was second with 427 (- 3), the United States the third country on the podium with a cumulative total of 428 (- 2). The three were the only teams to finish under par (out 69 teams) and ended in an exciting and historic definition, where for some moments the difference between them was only two strokes.
Argentina, the host country, ended up ranked at number 25 with a total of 450 strokes (20). Emiliano Grillo card was 75 (3), while Tomas Cocha and Jorge Fernandez Valdes recorded 76 (4).
The tournament, which for climatic reasons was reduced to 54 holes, had an emotional final. With the wind as the main obstacle, the definition was in suspense until the last moment. In the 10th tee box, French and Danish matched the score, and at 15th tee with only four holes to be played, the Americans were added to the fight for the title. Finally, in the 16th and 18thm the Frenchmen managed to twist the whole story on their favor.
For making this happen, were crucial the birdies of Alexander Levy (totalizing 72 strokes) in 17 and Johann Lopez-Lazzaro (72) in hole 18th. This finish and the building of this victory that was well planned in advance, as said by Romain Wattel (ending 74) “we had a lot of faith to win the tournament”….
“We came to Argentina to win the World Cup,” said RW, who is also the Argentine Amateur Champion. “We are delighted to win this title for the first time,” Levy said for his part, doing the great birdie on the signature island hole 17th at Buenos Aires Golf Club. On the beat, the Frenchman revealed that right after the putt felt that the cup was very close. “Throughout the round I was looking at leaderboards. Then when i holed that putt I realized that the advantage was very important and it would be very difficult that the tournament slip away, “concluded Levy, who along with his companions was captained by Meltena Delamontagne, who represented his country in World Ladies in Germany 2000, achieving the first place.
While the Danish saw as the chance of winning the tournament was slipping from their hands on the last hole, at least left with the consolation that Joachim Hansen is the best in individual competition, with a total of 209 strokes (- 6), run-up by the French Alexander Levy.