Jean Van de Velde is still looking for a place in The Open with less than two weeks to go – but he has the chance to not leave it quite so late as last year.
The 43-year-old, destined to be best remembered for his closing triple-bogey seven when three clear at Carnoustie 10 years ago, resumed the French Open Alstom on four under par at Le Golf National near Paris today.
That put Van de Velde in joint ninth spot, five behind German Martin Kaymer, but even if he finishes the event in fifth place on Sunday that could be enough to earn him the Open exemption up for grabs.
“Maybe the R&A (Royal and Ancient Club) are going to charter us a jet to fly into Prestwick,” Van de Velde said.
“I’m being a little bit sarcastic. I’m old enough and mature enough to know there are some fights you can’t win.
“I haven’t booked a flight and I’m going to wait and see what’s going on here.”