Siem gets back into the winner's circle in France|
Paris, France (Sports Network) - It took over eight years, but Germany's
Marcel Siem finally found his way back to the winner's circle Sunday with his
victory at the Open de France.
"Every time you don't win, people start talking that you'll never win again,
so it's very important to me," Siem said in a televised interview. "I've
gotten a lot calmer and my technique got a lot better as well. These days you
have to work so hard just to have a chance to be in the top 60 in Europe."
Siem bogeyed the last, his only dropped shot of the round, for a 4-under 67.
He finished at 8-under 276 and won by a stroke over Francesco Molinari, who
fired a 7-under 64 on Sunday.
France's hope rested on Raphael Jacquelin, who was tied for the lead at one
point on Sunday, but he was done in by three bogeys in his last 10 holes.
Jacquelin shot a 2-under 69 and took third at minus-6.
Ian Poulter was another player who shared first for a time on Sunday, but the
Englishman bogeyed 17 and 18 en route to a 2-under 69. Poulter tied for fourth
with third-round co-leader David Howell (72) and David Lynn (68) at 5-under
Siem, whose lone tour victory before Sunday came at the 2004 dunhill
championship, birdied the third, but took the lead to himself with a 30-foot
birdie putt at the par-4 sixth.
With several players jockeying for first, Jacquelin moved in front until
Siem birdied the par-5 ninth. Siem found a bunker with his second, but blasted
out to 10 feet and holed the birdie putt.
Molinari got into the clubhouse at 7-under par with a blistering 29 on the
back nine, highlighted by a 12-foot birdie putt at the 18th. The Italian was
tied for the lead with Siem, but another up-and-down from a bunker on a par-5,
this time the 14th, gave Siem sole possession of first.
The German kicked in a 4-foot birdie putt at the 15th and was two in front. It
was his tournament to lose, but some had chances late and Siem helped them
Henrik Stenson, who played with Siem on Sunday, was two back on the 18th, but
both found trouble off the tee. Siem laid up from a bunker, but Stenson tried
to make a move and landed his second on the edge of hazard. Siem knocked his
third 18 feet short, but Stenson still had a chance.
His lie proved to be too much and he ran his third into another hazard.
Stenson had to take a penalty drop, made a triple-bogey 7 and fell down the
Siem missed his par putt and got into the clubhouse at 8-under par. It was
done to Jacquelin, who would have to hole his second for an eagle on the last
to force a playoff.
Jacquelin didn't do it and Siem walked off with the victory.
"I'm so happy," Siem said on TV. "I was very nervous after 14. The last
stretch, I think, is one of the toughest stretches we have on tour. I stayed
It's been a good year for Siem, even before the win. He had four top 10s,
including a runner-up at the Avantha Masters and he led on Sunday at the BMW
International Open in his native Germany, but tied for sixth.
"It means so much to me to win after that long stretch," he said. "It's all
about winning in the end."
Stenson finished with a 1-under 70 and shared seventh with Brendan Steele, who
carded a 2-under 69. The pair finished at 4-under 280.
NOTES: Race to Dubai leader Justin Rose shot a 2-under 69 and tied for ninth
at 3-under par...Michael Campbell, the 2005 U.S. Open champion, had a good
tournament with a share of 11th at minus-2...Third-round co-leader Anders
Hansen struggled to a 4-over 75 and tied for 11th...World No. 3 Lee Westwood,
who injured his right knee and groin slipping on his way to the first tee
Saturday, shot a 1-under 70 and tied for 40th at plus-5...The European Tour
moves to Scotland next week for the final tune-up before the British Open
Championship, the Scottish Open, where Luke Donald captured the 2011 title.
07/08 12:14:33 ET