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By Iain Carter
BBC golf correspondent
What is the legacy, although they point the golf events in Europe? Why do they vanish from relevance after being center of the golf world shortly?
These are questions worth considering from the week that Le Golf National plays host to the Open for the first time since the continent’s massive victory over the United States just over one year ago.
1 thing is for certain, this autumnal running of their oldest national Open in Europe won’t be as grand.
The tournament has been shifted by a prime position in the schedule at the end of June and it’s currently worth just #1.4m compared using all the #5.6m purse that has been played for last year.
Make no mistake, there will continue to be golf on show. The scramble qualify for the Rush to Dubai finale and to store cards is intensifying.
Along with also the likes of Thomas Bjorn, Jose Maria Olazabal, Martin Kaymer and Jamie Donaldson include some stardust.
But when Alex Noren won 15 weeks ago he beat a field that included defending champion Tommy Fleetwood giants Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, US star Justin Thomas and Ryder Cup stalwart Ian Poulter.
This week Bjorn contributes as one of the most important playing attractions instead of chief strategist for an extraordinary victory to the scene of the tumultuous victory of his team.
That 171/2-101/2 triumph generated scenes and memories to inspire future generations. The class – setup perfectly to suit the home club – and also the location near Paris played roles in creating a week for European golf.
Nonetheless, it feels as though venues that staged house games into obscurity may be followed by Le Golf National. Courses that were once principles around the circuit have disappeared from significance.
The Ryder Cup was hosted by the Belfry and anything you think the design in the midlands turned into a part of the fabric of European golf history.
But the Brabazon Course has not staged a Tour event . Celtic Manor in Wales that was south disappeared from the program in 2014, four decades following the Ryder Cup.
The K Club, which hosted the 2006 match had been the continuous home of the European Open between 2007 and 1995. It disappeared from the calendar than in 2016 when it held the Open.
Gleneagles staged this year’s Solheim Cup and the 2018 Team Championships before placing about the 2014 Ryder Cup, but its deal to hold tour events died.
Just Valderrama (1997 Ryder Cup) in southern Spain has turned into a routine stop for the continent’s top players in the wake of holding among those biennial jousts between Europe and the United States.
Therefore the portents are not good at a time once this French Open’s worth has somewhat diminished, particularly for Le Golf National.
Initially the French Federation signed a 12-year bargain that could have taken them to 2022.
This crashed with the loss of host Alstom, but with conglomerate HNA a rewarding deal was gained by the European Tour for 2016. The agreement worth 25m euros appeared to fasten the occasion’s top-level status.
But this deal fell through departing this historic tournament to warrant a spot at the elite Rolex Series of the tour. So it stays at this October date, slightly detached from the limelight it formerly commanded.
“The change of date is acceptable, the largest tournaments should have the best dates,” Pascal Grizot, president of France’s 2018 Ryder Cup committee, confessed to L’Equipe last year.
But the official questioned the European Tour did not do more to encourage the championship. “Why didn’t they choose to aid the French Open and the federation since we were exceptionally loyal for the Ryder Cup?” He asked.
The simple response comes down to money, such as with former Ryder Cup venues. There is money generated to place these places on the map but it vanishes after the aim of Maintaining the biggest event of golf has been satisfied.
It might prove a similar narrative for Le Golf National. According to the next year’s program that the French Open will return into summer, but there is no word on which course will stage the tournament nor the dimensions of its own purse.
Places resonate with golf lovers everywhere; The Belfry, K Club, Celtic Manor, Gleneagles and potentially Le Golf National are not only places that have carved big places from the match folklore.
They give evidence that company reality leaves little room for nurturing and preserving that golf history.