Sordet has Good Reason to Forget the Golf
Frenchman Clement Sordet admitted that he had to think carefully about whether to play in the second round of The 145th Open.
The Frenchman had woken at 4.00am to learn of the tragic events in Nice last night and suddenly all thoughts about golf were very far from his mind.
“I got a text this morning from someone checking I was safe,” he said. “That was the first time I had heard about it. I didn’t want to play but I felt I had to be brave for my country.”
Sordet had every reason to be emotional because this latest atrocity to hit his country took place just a few hundred yards from the flat he shares with girlfriend Marie.
“My girlfriend is from Nice and she has family there,” he said. “I was in the same bar just a few weeks ago. My girlfriend’s mother and a bunch of friends were there but fortunately they’re safe and everything’s ok.
“But I feel really bad for the other guys,” he added. “I’m really proud to be French and I think we need to support each other.”
Sordet admitted he had been overwhelmed by all the goodwill messages he had received during the morning and The R&A paid its own tribute to the victims by flying the French flag behind the green on the 18th at half-mast and making black ribbons available for players to wear as a mark of respect.