An emotional Nicolas Colsaerts hailed a "very special" victory at the Open de France as he just held off a final-day surge from Joachim B Hansen to win at Le Golf National.

Colsaerts took at three-shot lead into Sunday's fourth round as he sought a first European Tour title since 2012, but his victory was far from comfortable.

The Belgian emerged triumphant by a solitary shot over Hansen after a dramatic day, with the win ensuring the 36-year-old retains his Tour card.

Colsaerts shot a 72 on a nervous outing in wet conditions that saw him double bogey the 15th, but he just got over the line.

His winning score of 12 under par edged out Hansen, who made a costly double bogey on 17 and signed for a 68.

George Coetzee was in contention until the final stages but ultimately ended up two shots adrift in third. Both he and Colsaerts were in the water on 15.

"It's very, very special," Colsaerts said. 

"So many people have supported me over the years, that's why I get so emotional. I went through up and downs for so many years now.

"The French Open for me is very special because I'm French-speaking. I've been coming here for I don't know how many years, it's been a long road.

"We knew the last four holes are always pretty dramatic, I proved it with hitting it in the water on 15. I don't know what happened on 17 with JB but it was a bit of a surprise when I got on to the green. I thought I was still going to be one behind."

Kurt Kitayama finished fourth, while a miserable 78 for Jamie Donaldson saw him drop from a share of third overnight to a final placing of joint-23rd.

Hansen was encouraged to come so close to glory, despite his late mistake denying him a first Tour triumph.

"On the back nine I got excited," he said. "I really got to feel how it is to play for a European Tour tournament inside me.

"The screw-up on 17 was unfortunate, it cost me a chance this week. I'm disappointed now but also really proud of my game."

Justin Thomas claimed his second CJ Cup trophy after reigning supreme in South Korea on Sunday.

American star Thomas carded a five-under-par 67 in the final round to triumph by two strokes on Jeju Island.

Playing outside of the United States, where Thomas won the PGA Tour tournament in 2017, the former world number one withstood a duel with runner-up Danny Lee.

Thomas entered the final day tied for the lead alongside South Korean-born New Zealander Lee (69) at Nine Bridges Golf Club.

The pair continued to go toe-to-toe during the final 18 holes, sharing the lead down the stretch, but back-to-back bogeys at the 15th and 16th dashed Lee's hopes.

Thomas birdied three holes on the back nine, capping his triumphant performance with another birdie at the last to finish 20 under for his 11th Tour crown.

Hideki Matsuyama (65), Gary Woodland (66) and Cameron Smith (69) finished in a share of third position, five shots adrift of Thomas.

Three-time major champion Jordan Spieth was unable to maintain his charge following a final-round 71.

Spieth had four bogeys to go with five birdies as he fell four positions into a tie for eighth – eight shots off the pace.

Meanwhile, American veteran Phil Mickelson (68) ended the event tied for 31st, a shot ahead of former world number one Jason Day (71).

Nicolas Colsaerts will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Open de France after giving himself a golden opportunity to end his title drought on Saturday.

Colsaerts has not won a European Tour tournament since 2012, but a four-under 67 in his third round put the Belgian 13 under with a nice cushion at Le Golf National.

The 36-year-old can retain his playing privileges with a victory on Sunday and he enhanced his chances of achieving that on moving day.

Colsaerts hit the turn in 34 after making back-to-back birdies at the fifth and sixth holes, then made another three gains on the back nine with just one bogey at 17.

George Coetzee shared the lead with Colsaerts after the second round in Paris, but the South African will start the last round with ground to make up after signing for a one-under 70.

Coetzee dropped a shot at the second but gained momentum after the turn with three birdies in a row, only for a double bogey at the 13th to halt his charge.

Jamie Donaldson rose into a share of third place with a brilliant five-under 66, a bogey at 13 the only blemish on the Welshman's card.

Kurt Kitayama is alongside Donaldson on nine under, while Richie Ramsay, Gavin Moynihan and Joachim B Hansen are a further stroke back.

Hansen showed great character to recover from a quintuple bogey at 13, birdying the next four holes to move into a share of fifth spot. 

Matt Every has been suspended for the remainder of 2019 after testing positive for cannabis.

The PGA Tour suspended Every for 12 weeks on Friday and the 35-year-old will be eligible to return on January 7, 2020.

Marijuana was legally prescribed to the American in Florida, where he is based, but it is a banned substance under the Tour's anti-doping policy.

Every is ranked 256 in the world and won the most recent of his three PGA Tour titles in 2015.

In a statement released to Golf Channel, Every said: "I tested positive for cannabis, a drug I do not abuse.

"I have been prescribed cannabis for a mental health condition by my physician whom has managed my medical care for 30 years.

"It has been determined that I am neither an acceptable candidate to use prescription "Z" class drugs nor benzodiazepines.

"Additionally, these classes of drugs can be highly addictive and harmful to the human body and mind. For me, cannabis has proven to be, by far, the safest and most effective treatment.

"With that being said, I have no choice but to accept this suspension and move on.

"I knew what WADA's policy was and I violated it. I don't agree with it for many reasons, mainly for my overall wellbeing, but I'm excited for what lies ahead in my life and career.

"Over the last few years I have made massive strides and I know my best is still in front of me. I can't wait to comeback better than ever in January."

Danny Lee moved into a joint lead with Justin Thomas after round three of the CJ Cup in South Korea.

South Korean-born New Zealander Lee was in a tie for second place with first round leader An Byeong-hun at Nine Bridges overnight and enjoyed a remarkable final hole swing on day three to draw level with Thomas.

The American was moving towards an 11th PGA Tour win midway through the round when Lee double-bogeyed hole 10 and local hope An triple-bogeyed at the 11th.

But Thomas bogeyed the last and Lee capitalised with superb eagle on the par-five 18th to complete a three-shot turnaround and cap a round of 68, ending the day with momentum.

The pair sit at 15 under par with one round remaining, three shots clear of Australian Cameron Smith, with Jordan Spieth and Wyndham Clark tied for fourth and a shot further from the pace.

Elsewhere, Ian Poulter made two eagles on the back nine to spring into contention at nine under while Viktor Hovland's tour record streak of 19 consecutive sub-70 scores ended with a two-over 74.

Defending champion Brooks Koepka pulled out of the event with a knee injury on Friday.

Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from the CJ Cup due to a knee injury.

Reigning champion Koepka, who last won at the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in July, was even par through his first two rounds at Nine Bridges, located on Jeju Island in South Korea.

Prior to the 2019-20 season the four-time major winner had stem cell-treatment to repair a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee.

He missed the cut at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open two weeks ago – his first tournament since returning.

It is unclear how serious Koepka's injury is or when he will be back on the course.

Justin Thomas went into round three of the CJ Cup at the top of the leaderboard and with a two-shot lead.

George Coetzee and Nicolas Colsaerts share the lead at the halfway mark of the Open de France after capitalising on improved afternoon conditions at Le Golf National.

Coetzee and Ryan Fox were joint-leaders after the first round in Paris and the South African will head into the weekend nine under par after carding a three-under 68.

Colsaerts, battling to keep his European Tour card, joined Coetzee out in front with a five-under 66 as Fox slipped back to three under after a three-over 74.

Morning starters had to contend with cold and wind following overnight rain, but the weather improved later in the day and Coetzee took advantage by making six birdies on his back nine.

The four-time European Tour champion hit the turn in 37 after starting at the 10th but came into his own with four gains in a row and finished with a seventh birdie of the day after dropping a shot at the eighth.

Colsaerts also made his move after the turn, conjuring up five birdies in six holes to lead the way and the big-hitting Belgian would have been out on his own but for a second bogey at 18.

The in-form Kurt Kitayama is well poised to improve on a third-place finish at the Italian Open after he went around in 68 to sit just a shot off the lead.

Richie Ramsay is a further stroke back, while defending champion Alex Noren made the cut despite a second successive 72.

Justin Thomas earned a two-stroke lead with a sizzling performance at the halfway stage of the CJ Cup in South Korea on Friday.

American star Thomas used a bogey-free nine-under-par 63 to surge to the top of the leaderboard following the second round.

Thomas started his day with four successive birdies and finished with nine in total, including one at the last as he catapulted himself eight positions into the lead at 13 under through 36 holes.

Winner of the PGA Tour tournament – which is being played outside of the United States this year – in 2017, Thomas leads An Byeong-hun and Danny Lee heading into the third round.

Local hope An (69) and New Zealand's Lee (66) are tied for second at the Nine Bridges Golf Club on Jeju Island.

An carried a one-shot lead into the second round but the South Korean lost his spot at the front of the queue following two bogeys and five birdies, while Lee improved to 11 under but he could have ended the day a stroke better off if not for a bogey at the 18th.

Emiliano Grillo (66) and former world number one Jordan Spieth (65) are four shots off the pace ahead of Saturday's penultimate round.

Spieth was a big mover at the CJ Cup, with the three-time major champion climbing 25 positions into a tie for fourth, thanks in part to back-to-back birdies to end the day.

The American almost aced the 17th after his tee shot fell just short of the hole, highlighting a fine display from Spieth.

Jason Day struggled as the Australian's second-round 73 saw him drop down to five under, while defending champion Brooks Koepka also had a round to forget.

Looking to defend his title, Koepka was unable to back up his opening-round 69 after shooting a three-over-par 75 – a round that included five bogeys and left him even par.

George Coetzee and Ryan Fox top a congested leaderboard after the first round of the Open de France.

Coetzee set the clubhouse target with a six-under 65 at Le Golf National on Thursday, with the South African's only bogey coming at the 17th.

The four-time European Tour winner got under way with back-to-back birdies and reeled off another three in a row from the sixth to hit the turn in 31, then went on to sign for his lowest opening round of the season. 

"It was almost perfect," Coetzee said. "I played really well. It's nice to be in the mix again. It's been kind of a hard, long year but it feels like the game is coming along nicely."

Fox also went out in 31 following birdies at the first, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth holes, as the New Zealander's solitary dropped shot came at 13.

Benjamin Hebert, Kurt Kitayama and Richie Ramsay were just a shot off the lead after starting with five-under rounds of 66.

Hebert's seventh gain of the day moved him into a share of second spot in his homeland, while there was just one bogey apiece for American Kitayama - third in the Italian Open last week - and Scot Ramsay.

Victor Perez is among seven players another stroke back on home soil, along with Nicolas Colsaerts, but it was not a good day for defending champion Alex Noren.

The Swede faces a battle to make the cut after carding a one-over 72.

Local hope An Byeong-hun holds a one-shot lead after round one of the CJ Cup.

The South Korean shot an eight-under 64 on the opening day at Nine Bridges to hold a slender lead over Chilean Joaquin Niemann, with Australian Jason Day one stroke further back. 

Americans Charley Hoffman and Charles Howell III are among the chasing pack at five-under, having spent most of the day challenging at the top of the leaderboard.

Defending champion and world number one Brooks Koepka had something of a frustrating round but nailed an eagle on the 18th to finish at three-under.

The opening day belonged to An, though, as he finished with eight birdies – including four on the back nine – to move into the lead.

Only Niemann bettered An's run at the back end of Nine Bridges with five birdies, including two on holes 17 and 18.

Tiger Woods should select himself as a captain's pick for the Presidents Cup provided he is fit to play, says Justin Thomas.

Fitness woes in the backend of the season, including surgery to repair knee cartilage in August, hindered Woods, who is due to return at this month's ZOZO Championship in Japan.

Woods failed to gain automatic selection for the biennial Presidents Cup, which pits the United States against an international team not including European players.

The 15-time major champion can still feature, though, by naming himself among four wildcard selections, a scenario Ryder Cup team-mate Thomas is backing.

"I think if he's healthy and playing well, I mean, I'll take him 100 times out of 100," Thomas said in quotes reported by Sky Sports. 

"I think he knows his body and knows himself well enough to make that decision.

"He's asked me about it and I've told him that exact same thing. For him, it's all about health, and for anybody. They need to make sure their game is ready and their body is ready because it's not just something that you do just to do.

"If he's going to pick himself, he's only going to do it if he's ready and he's playing well. So I guess we'll just have to wait and see." 

Several players are vying for a pick, with Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler and U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland among them, and Thomas says Woods has been conversing with players already on the team over who should get the nod.

"[Woods] has reached out to all of us on the team about what we think and what we want," Thomas added. "It is kind of a different year, but that being said, it's not a bad thing, it's a good thing.

"It shows how deep our team is and how many great players we truly have with the chance and the possibility of having on the team playing. He's going to make the right decisions."

Brooks Koepka insists he does not have a rivalry with Rory McIlroy because the Northern Irishman has not won a major since 2014.

World number one Koepka has enjoyed a phenomenal run in golf's major events over recent years, claiming victory at the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Opens and 2018 and 2019 US PGA Championships.

In 2019, as well as winning the US PGA, he finished tied second at the Masters, second at the U.S. Open and tied fourth at The Open Championship.

McIlory, ranked number two in the world, finished last season by claiming the FedEx Cup and was named the PGA Tour's player of the year – voted for by his fellow professionals.

But the 30-year-old's wait for a fifth major now stands at five years, dating back to his triumph at the 2014 PGA Championship.

Speaking ahead of his CJ Cup defence, Koepka mischievously offered a reminder of this when the prospect of a rivalry with McIlroy was discussed.

"I've been out here for, what, five years. Rory hasn’t won a major since I’ve been on the PGA Tour. So I just don't view it as a rivalry," Koepka said, as per AFP.

"I'm not looking at anybody behind me. I'm number one in the world. I've got open road in front of me. I'm not looking in the rearview mirror, so I don't see it as a rivalry.

"You know if the fans do [call it a rivalry], then that's on them and it could be fun."

Koepka made sure to point out he remains a huge admirer of McIlroy's game and suggested his stance on rivalries might have more to do with golf as a sport in general.

"Look, I love Rory. He's a great player and he's fun to watch," he added. "But it's just hard to believe there's a rivalry in golf. I just don't see it."

Fifteen-time major winner Tiger Woods is writing his first memoir, which will be titled 'Back'.

His publisher, announcing the book on Tuesday, describes it as "the first and only account directly from Woods, with the full co-operation of his friends, family and inner circle".

Woods said in a statement from HarperCollins Publishers: "I've been in the spotlight for a long time, and because of that, there have been books and articles and TV shows about me, most filled with errors, speculative and wrong.

"This book is my definitive story. It's in my words and expresses my thoughts. It describes how I feel and what's happened in my life. I've been working at it steadily, and I'm looking forward to continuing the process and creating a book that people will want to read."

Woods, 43, won this year's Masters and the memoir will cover his life from his start in the game through to his victory in April at Augusta National, according to HarperCollins. No release date was announced.

There have been multiple books written about Woods, most notably 2018's 'Tiger Woods' by authors Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian that spent time on the New York Times Bestseller List and was described as a "deeper look at the personal and professional triumphs and disasters of the champion golfer".

It was a critically acclaimed warts-and-all account of Woods' life that has included his triumphs on the course as he rose to number one in the world as one of golf's most dominating figures, but also a much-publicised break-up from his wife after his infidelities, among other off-the-course tribulations.

It is unclear how deeply Woods will delve into his missteps in 'Back', based on Tuesday's announcement, although the book's editor hinted that he might open up as never before.

"Meeting with Tiger, speaking with him at length about the process of writing a memoir, I was delighted to discover how much he has to say, and how ready, how eager, he is to say it," said Shannon Welch, who will edit the book. "He's at a place in his career and his life where he's thinking deeply about his story, the highs and the lows, and how it all relates and connects. I think the result will be extraordinary."

Woods, whose season was a disappointment after the major victory in the spring, is set to return to competitive golf next week in Japan. He is scheduled to play next Monday in The Challenge: Japan Skins with Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama and then will compete from October 24-27 in the Zozo Championship in Chiba, the first PGA Tour event contested in Japan.

He has played competitively only six times since the Masters, missing two cuts and withdrawing from another event with an injury. He has since had an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee and has not played since the BMW Championship in August.

Woods has 81 PGA Tour wins, the second-highest total of any player, behind only Sam Snead's 82. Woods' 15 major victories put him three shy of Jack Nicklaus' career record and include five victories at the Masters, four in US PGA Championships, three in U.S. Opens and three Open Championships.

Jamaica rallied from a three-point deficit on Friday to a convincing win at the Caribbean Golf Association Four-Ball Championships that concluded at the PGA National Resort & Spa at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida on Saturday.

Lanto Griffin captured his first PGA Tour title after winning the Houston Open by one stroke.

Griffin carded a three-under-par 69 to pip fellow Americans Scott Harrington (67) and Mark Hubbard (69) to the trophy on Sunday.

It was an eventful finish at the Golf Club of Houston, where there was a three-way tie atop the leaderboard heading into the final few holes.

Griffin – the 54-hole leader – carried a one-shot advantage into the fourth round but he was level with Hubbard at 14 under after the turn on Sunday.

A bogey at the 11th handed Hubbard the lead but Harrington capitulated himself into the mix to make it a three-way tie.

Harrington made four birdies over the final seven holes to take the clubhouse lead at 13 under, though Griffin eventually jumped ahead thanks to a birdie at the 16th.

Griffin was not to be denied his maiden Tour title after the 31-year-old two-putted to finish ahead of Harrington and Hubbard at 14 under.

Harris English (66), Xinjun Zhang (66), Talor Gooch (69), Carlos Ortiz (69) and Sepp Straka (69) ended the tournament two shots off the pace in a tie for fourth.

Meanwhile, Bud Cauley (67), Chad Campbell (68), Stewart Cink (69) and Denny McCarthy (69) rounded out the top 10.

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