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Encyclopedia > Jean Van de Velde

Jean Van de Velde (born 29 May 1966 in Mont-de-Marsan, Landes) is a French golfer who is known mainly for his loss at The Open Championship in 1999. May 29 is the 149th day of the year (150th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Mont-de-Marsan is a commune of France, préfecture (capital) of the Landes département. ... Landes is a département in southern France. ... This article is about the sport. ... “British Open” redirects here. ...


Van de Velde turned professional in 1987 and his rookie season on the European Tour was 1989. His first European Tour win was the 1993 Roma Masters. He has twice finished in the top twenty of the Order of Merit, but ranks as one of the Tour's journeymen. The PGA European Tour is a top-level professional mens golf tour. ... The Roma Masters was a European Tour golf tournament which was played at Castelgandolfo, Rome, Italy in 1992 and 1993. ...

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1999 Open Championship

Van de Velde nearly pulled off an upset victory at the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie, when he was the clear leader playing the closing holes. He arrived at the 18th tee needing only a double-bogey six to become the first Frenchman since 1907 to win the tournament. He had played error-free golf for much of the week and birdied the 18th hole in each of his two prior rounds. Despite a three-shot lead, Van de Velde chose to use his driver off the tee, and proceeded to drive the ball to the right of the burn and was lucky to find land. Rather than laying up and hitting the green with his third, Van de Velde decided to go for the green with his second shot. His shot drifted right and hit the grandstands on the side of the green and bounced fifty yards backwards into knee deep rough. On his third shot, Van de Velde's club got tangled in the rough on his downswing, and his ball flew into the Barry Burn. He removed his shoes and socks and gingerly stepped through shin-deep water as he debated whether to try to hit his ball out of the Barry Burn, which guards the 18th green. Ultimately, he took a drop and also hit his fifth shot into the greenside bunker. Van de Velde blasted to within six feet from the hole, and made the putt for a triple-bogey seven, dropping him into a three-way playoff with Justin Leonard and Paul Lawrie. Lawrie would eventually triumph in the playoff. “British Open” redirects here. ... , Carnoustie (Gaelic: Càrn Fheusda) is a town and former police burgh in the council area of Angus, Scotland. ... Justin Leonard (1972- ) is an American professional golfer. ... Paul Stewart Lawrie (born 1 January 1969, Aberdeen) is a British professional golfer from Scotland who is best known for winning The Open Championship in 1999. ...


Later career

In the new millennium, Van de Velde was troubled by injuries for several years, but he made a dramatic comeback at the 2005 Open de France, where he lost a playoff to fellow Frenchman Jean-Francois Remesy (after, once again, finding water on the last hole). In 2006, he won his second European Tour title at the Madeira Island Open. The Open de France is a PGA European Tour golf tournament. ... Jean-François Remésy is a French professional golfer. ... The Madeira Island Open is a mens professional golf tournament on the European Tour, played on the Madeira Islands in Portugal. ...


Results timeline

Tournament 1991 1993 1994 1997 1999 2000 2001 2002 2005
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T19 DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP T45 DNP
British Open CUT T34 T38 CUT P2 T31 CUT DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T30 DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10. This article is about the golf tournament. ... The United States Open Championship is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. ... “British Open” redirects here. ... 2007 PGA tournament logo The PGA Championship (referred to as the US PGA Championship outside of North America) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA Tour. ...


Trivia

Van de Velde made light of his 1999 Open collapse in a humorous Never Compromise infomercial in which he replayed Carnoustie's 18th hole in the dead of winter with only the company's brand putter in an attempt to best the seven strokes that cost him the championship. He succeeded on his third attempt. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


External links

  • Profile on the European Tour's official site
  • "Frozen moment: Van de Velde throws it away", ESPN.com
  • "Collapse at Carnoustie", CNNSI.com

 
 

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