Emmanuel LANGELLIER: printed on Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 11:09 p.m.
Winner in Qatar on Sunday, Frenchman Antoine Rozner gained a second event on the European Tour within the house of 4 months. Rozner, a future great of the little white ball? The debate arises.
French golf is on the rise! Victor Pérez took ninth place within the Players Championship, probably the most richly endowed on the American circuit and unofficially referred to as “fifth Major”. And Antoine Rozner has simply gained two tournaments on the European Tour. All in 4 months! The Parisian has simply made a large leap of 139 locations on the planet rating, settling in 63rd place. After Dubai in December, he gained the timpani Sunday in Qatar, unprecedented within the historical past of French golf!
Rozner's coach isn't shocked by the success of his protégé. “I didn't see anything because I don't have pay channels, but I saw his putt for the victory on Twitter (18 meters on the 72nd and last hole, editor's note). He had a little success because he could very well go to the play-off and lose, but success is provoked. I am therefore not surprised, underlines Benoît Ducoulombier in L'Equipe. I even expect him to win more. He understands very quickly. He knows how to be patient, analyze the situations, the difficulties of the course, the climatic conditions … “
Rozner's coach: “His system is very solid”
Ducoulombier explains what makes Rozner a future great champion of the little white ball: “Tuesday, he sent me videos telling me that he was typing very badly. He was disgusted. I replied: “Your swing did not disappear overnight, come back to simple things”. And he calmed down: “Yes, I know I'm up”. Because with him it doesn't move a lot. He's been doing the same swing for months and months. He showed me two videos, one from Dubai and the other from Tuesday and frankly there was almost zero difference. Overall, everything is therefore very anchored. Its system is very solid. He has a nice ball strike very flat, that's why he plays well in the wind, with a little touch of bland (left-right effect) while he played in draw (reverse effect) to his beginnings. But he has a very straight ball. On the greens, he always does the same stroke, his ball tends to come out a little to the right which is a good thing. “
“With him, there is no Ryder Cup or ranking objective, it is the quality of the work that is important”
Antoine Rozner will now be able to play in major tournaments and face the top of world golf. “Doors open but nothing was premeditated. At no point did we think, before Qatar, that they could play a WGC in the United States in eight days. Golf works in cycles. Some golfers break through and then disappear for years. You have to know how to keep your head on your shoulders. With him, there is no Ryder Cup or ranking objective, it is the quality of the work that is important, ”notes his coach. In a week's time, the 28-year-old golfer will likely be on the PGA Tour for the World Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas.