McDowell secures thrilling victory!

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Le Golf National, Alstom French Open, 6 July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facts of note:

  • Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell (67) successfully defends his Alstom Open de France title
  • American Kevin Stadler (76) and Thai Thongchai Jaidee (72) both fall one short
  • Frenchman Victor Riu (76) finishes 8th and secures his spot for the Open championship in two weeks time

Graeme McDowell produced a brilliant final round to overturn an eight shot deficit and successfully defend a tournament for the first time in his career. McDowell shrugged off some miserable weather conditions to retain his Alstom Open de France title, carding a closing 67 at Le Golf National, the joint-lowest round on a wet and windy day.

But the former US Open Champion still needed American Kevin Stadler to miss from two feet for par on the 18th, an effort which would have forced a sudden death play-off. With McDowell then dropping his only shot of the day on the 18th after finding heavy rough off the tee, Stadler needed to par the 18th to force a play-off but missed from two feet just as McDowell left the recording area to prepare for extra holes. Stadler's closing 76 left him in a tie for second with Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, who dropped five shots in the first four holes but played the remainder in four under for a 72.

"I'm very surprised," McDowell said after claiming his tenth European Tour title. "Midway through my second glass of red wine last night, when I was very disappointed with my back-nine performance on Saturday, I really didn't think I'd be a) standing here with an opportunity to be in a play-off and b) with a trophy in my hands. I feel very fortunate. Kevin Stadler is a great, great player. I literally gave him that putt on the last green. I didn't expect him to miss that. It's not really the way you like to win. I was ready to go for the play-off, but I'll take it and run. I really needed this victory. It's a special one for me. It's pretty timely. There's a busy summer ahead and this a really good kick-start to the summer."

McDowell has deliberately played a lighter schedule this year to leave himself fresher for the second half of the season. "It's a good decision now, but I have to say myself and my team were starting to question it," the former US Open Champion added. "But my body has probably never been in as good a shape at this point in the season coming into two Major Championships, the FedEx Cup play-offs and hopefully The Ryder Cup. I'm very proud to defend my first title ever and this is the boost I needed on many fronts, especially The Ryder Cup (the win takes him tenth on the European points list)."

Stadler found himself five clear of the field when playing partner Jaidee got off to a terrible start and local favourite Victor Riu followed a birdie on the first with a double bogey on the second after hitting his tee shot in the water. But the 34 year old then missed from 18 inches for par on the fourth and four feet on the sixth, before running up a double-bogey six on the next where his ball was only found in the deep rough because an on-course television commentator stood on it. Stadler was allowed a free drop but could only hack the ball a few yards sideways and eventually did well to get up and down from short of the green for a six. A poor chip from left of the eighth green led to another bogey and two more early in the back nine looked to have ended his chances as McDowell picked up shots on the 13th, 14th and 16th.

Despite a shaky finish – a double bogey on 18 – local favorite Victor Riu managed a round of 76, enough to take 8th place on his own and book his ticket for the Open championship. "Obviously I'm delighted, the Parisian said. Although I didn't win, I managed to finish eighth, which I would never have imagined coming into this week. After a bad first half of the season, what happens to me here is a big bonus. And I qualify for the Open, which is the icing on the cake. Playing a Major is the dream for any golfer."

 

More information on www.alstom.opendefrance.fr

 

Note: Mcdowell was Stéphane Barras putting research participant. This research has lead to CaddiePlayer

 

 

CaddiePlayer Open its first Center in Chailly

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Press Release, Chailly sur Armançon, Chateau Chailly - France

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Stéphane Barras the researcher and founder of CaddiePlayer solution is proud to announce the opening of the First CaddiePlayer Center so called: "CaddiePlayerChailly"

Stéphane quote: "This is a big step forward. My vision, thanks to Chailly management, is to offer the best environment possible to improve motivated golfers. My goal was always to find the right location with the right management. I believe Chailly to offer what is needed to accomplish any players quest"

Chailly Golf Hotel and Château are in the heart of Burgundy half way between Geneva and Paris. Chailly not only offer the perfect CaddiePlayer Golf environement, but as well: Tennis, Swimming, Biking, Fitness and more within a tranquille typical French "Village".

Note: All CaddiePlayer Register will be eligible for daily free use of the Golf Course Chailly (upon request and availability) Send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

More Info > http://www.chailly.com/

  Signing Ceremony with CEO Chailly Claudine Babonnet and CaddiePlayer Founder Stéphane Barras 

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CaddiePlayer one year of success!

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Michael Campbell,  Raphael Jacquelin, Filipe Aguilare have one thing in common = Winning the Memorial Olivier Barras as well on the European TOUR! Welcome to the 50th edition of the Memorial Olivier Barras, this week in my home town Crans-Montana, also home of currently World n.1 Adam Scott.

9 times Swiss Amateur  Champion, Olivier Barras our cousin, was in the 50’s also one of the best player in Europe but in 1964 die tragically in the Monza circuit, since our golf club Crans-sur-Sierre is hosting a one week of golf festival/tournaments and the winner get a invite to play the Omega European Masters.

Looking for a 2013 CaddiePlayer launching date I thought it would make sense to do it during the Memorial Olivier Barras.  One year later, I am thrilled about the quality of its 173 registers and growing every day. Among them several winners, and as I am writing this blog one of them, Roger Furrer from Switzerland,  score 66  today to win the Memorial Olivier Barras Pro-Am.

This past year I have toured the world to promote CaddiePlayer going from one tour event to another, meeting all kind of players, caddies, coaches, club managers, amateurs explaining CaddiePlayer benefits. Today golf as become extremely competitive and one shot only can make a difference between making cuts, a top 20, a top 10 and ultimately a win. I believe that the modern golfers should use modern tools and this is why I have build CaddiePlayer the ultimate Performance Management tool.

I know that out there on the wonderful world of the www plenty of solutions exist, I understand also that the www world is full of distraction not to forget our social media + our daily 10, 20, 30 emails management! Our time is becoming less and less available but then we need to know where our priority stands

CaddiePlayer or Die, Stéphane Barras CaddiePlayer founder

 

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"Innovate or Die" the Buzz at the Spanish Open

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Dear CaddiePlayer,

Greetings from PGA Catalunya Resort, a course 80 km north of Barcelona, home of this week’s #SpanishOpen. After travelling to Dubai, Malayasia and China - where I focused on CaddiePlayer’s Emiliano Grillo - I am back in Europe for the summer.

Before walking the last 4 km from Caldes de Malavella to the PGA Catalunya (I could not find a taxi nor a bus), I landed in Zurich for the opening tournament of the LetAccess Tour where I caddied for CaddiePlayer Swiss rookie Eva-Maria Moehwald.  Gams Werdenberg course was tricky as the Swiss law prohibits the mowing of rough grass until June 15 so the rough was very high! However, it was a good test for the players and keeping the ball in play was very important. LetAccess Tour also helped me realise how Ladies Golf is now getting stronger as I witnessed several young grils driving past 250 yds, mothers and fathers caddying, managing, driving and basically doing everything they can to support their promising protégées.  At this early stage, the support of parents is essential in shaping future champions!

On my way to Barcelona I stoped over in Dijon, the city once home to the Dukes of Burgundy from the early 11th until the late 15th centuries. Dijon was a place of tremendous wealth and power, one of the great European centres of art, learning and science. 50 km from Dijon is one of my favorite places: Golf & Hotel Chateau de Chailly. Chateau de Chailly harks back to my memories of the early 90´s when, as a club Pro, I hosted a "Golf Clinic" with a mixture of "Wine Testing". While we were there we visited, thanks to my father’s past as a ski teacher back in the 50's, one of his best clients which happened to be the Family "Comte of de Nicolay", related to the "Guerlain Parfume" and "Moet & Chandon". The city Savigny les Beaune became my second home; I have harvested there several times and I can recommend anyone to harvest once in their lifetime. For two weeks it’s all about grapes... selecting, cutting, testing, talking and at last celebrating meeting people you will never have crossed before. Chateau de Chailly is all about this and the golf. If you love golf, castles, good food, and spectacular nature then Chailly sur Armancon is your place.

But for now lets go back to this blog title "Innovate or Die"!? Is golf dying? According to the National Golf Foundation (NGF), the sport has lost five million players in the United States in the past decade and 20 percent of the 25 million golfers now active in the country are likely to quit in the next few years. So what is "Innovation or Die" and how it help do to bring back those golfers? "Innovate or Die" is the new marketing campaign from Callaway - Odyssey that is making the buzz this week in the Spanish Open a European Tour event.

To further my research I google "Innovate or Die" and found to my surprise that this "Marketing" "Innovation" already has its own website promoting another sport – Cycling. Is Cycling also losing cyclists? I don’t think so! As I read further online, I found what I was looking for: > "Companies should know that survival today requires more than treading water, and that many of the companies that were once great are now gone or on their way out largely because they stopped innovating" more about this subject here.

As a golf is my job, my business and my company, I understand and know for a fact that I too need to Innovate, "Innovate not to Die" (because this is only God’s Will) but Innovate to Evolve because at the end of the day Evolution is what Human Kind is about.

CaddiePlayer is one of my Innovations so now I will State to you: "CaddiePlayer or Die" ;-)

Until the next blog....

Stephane Barras Innovater currently at the Spanish Open trying to Innovate someone...

 

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