Romain Langasque hits high note in amateur swansong

French amateur Romain Langasque signed off with a closing 68 at The Masters. Picture: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

French amateur Romain Langasque signed off with a closing 68 at The Masters. Picture: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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Talk about signing off your amateur career in style. In his last event before turning professional, Romain Langasque stormed home in five-under 31 for a closing 68 on his Masters debut. The eye-catching finish included a Tiger Woods-style chip in at the par-3 16th.

From close to where Woods produced one of the game’s greatest moments in 2005, the 20-year-old Frenchman matched his birdie-2. The only difference was that Langasque’s ball went into the hole with a bit of pace rather than hanging on the edge of it before dropping.“When we left the tee, I told my caddie, ‘this is the chip that Tiger made so let’s see if I can also make it’,” he said, smiling.

Langasque, of course, made his mark in Scotland last year. He won the Amateur Championship at Carnoustie, beating home hope Grant Forrest in the final, before making the cut in the Open Championship at St Andrews a month later.

Immediately after winning the amateur game’s blue ribbon event, the man from Cabris said it was unlikely he’d be hanging around in the amateur ranks long enough to accept The Masters invitation it afforded him. He will certainly be glad now that he changed his mind.

Langasque will now turn his attention to the 
Challenge Tour. He has already made a flying start on that circuit this year, finishing runner-up in the season-opener in Kenya. Under a new rule, the points from that effort will count when he now bids to back it up as a professional.

Based on this performance, French golf looks to have a new star in the making, having already seen the likes of Victor Dubuisson burst on to the scene over the past couple of seasons. He had already birdied the tenth before almost holing his approach at the 14th. He then came close to making eagle at the 15th for the second time in four days. The 16th looked to have been the icing on the cake but he then also birdied the last. Allez France!

“This is perfect for confidence and I want to get on the [main Tour] as quick as I can,” he declared.

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