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Remesy defeats countryman Van de Velde

VERSAILLES, France -- Jean-Francois Remesy won his second
straight French Open title Sunday, beating Jean Van de Velde in a
playoff.

Van de Velde led by a shot with one hole remaining in
regulation, but he hooked his drive into the water and eventually
bogeyed the hole to finish tied with Remesy at 11-under 273. Both
players shot 2-under 69s in the final round.

Playing the 18th again as the first playoff hole, both men
pulled their second shots into the water. After a penalty drop,
Remesy hit a fine shot to within 8 feet. Van de Velde, however, had
a drop in the rough and chipped from there into a bunker.

His next shot was short, and his sixth shot was a chip that went
past the hole. Remesy two-putted for a double-bogey six to win.

Denmark's Soren Hansen shot a 71 to finish third.

Eduardo Romero, who shared the lead with Remesy and Van de Velde
after three rounds, shot a 76 to finish tied for eighth.

Van de Velde needed a top-four finish to be sure of securing his
European Tour card for 2006.