Remesy wins homeland's Open by seven shots

Updated: June 27, 2004, 5:44 PM ET
Associated Press

VERSAILLES, France -- Jean-Francois Remesy became the first Frenchman in 35 years to win the French Open, shooting an even-par 71 Sunday for a seven-shot victory.

Remesy finished at 12-under par 272, with Australians Richard Green and Nick O'Hern tied for second at 5-under 279. The margin of victory was the largest on the European Tour this year.

Remesy's only other win on the tour came in 1999 at Estoril.

It was the first French win at the French Open since Jean Garaialde took the title in 1969. The 69-year-old Garaialde embraced Remesy and presented him with the winner's trophy. Remsey also earned $600,000 for the win.

Ireland's Graeme McDowell had a course-record 7-under par 64 to tie for fourth place with England's Jonathan Lomas at 281.

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