Gara�alde's status as an athlete and hero in France is as good an indication as any of the lowly rank of French golf. After his third-round 69 on Sunday, Gara�alde pulled off his golf shoes, which he endorses, put away his Scottish clubs, which he doesn't, and drove off to his club in nearby Versailles where, although he is the No. 1 golfer of France, he is reduced to giving lessons part of each year.
Meanwhile, back in the clubhouse, Promoter Mourgue d'Algue had reason to moan. The tournament was costing $180,000, some of it out of his own well-tailored pocket, and yet for the honor of beaming out live golf for the first time in Continental history, French national television was not paying the sponsors a centime. Further, they were doing it badly.
"Putts," he lamented. "They keep replaying the putts, and in slow motion. A nation like France needs to see a ball driven."