Clinching the "Double-Double" - Yann Le Tallec
"I'm proud to win in Slovenia and in France," said Yann Le Tallec when he spoke to fippa.org in the aftermath of his stunning Autumn double, secured within a matter of a couple of weeks at two courses, situated 1,750 kilometres apart.
In contrast to the 2019 event in which players of seven nationalities teed it up at Stanežiče, Yann was the sole non-Slovenian in action in the current year's renewal of the Slovenia Open. "Of course it was strange to be the only French (and only foreign) player in Slovenia," reflected Yann. "But I really love this country (Slovenia) and the people are so nice."
Not content with a magnificent "double-double", a 2021 tilt at a treble is on the cards. "I think that I'll go there (Slovenia) each year. For me, this tournament is so special and I played well. Last year Ian (Farrelly) was there and we had great fun and this year I played very well in the last round." Yann scored 53 in that final round to contunue his domination of the Slovenia Open (played over 36 hole this year). Two strokes clear after 18, Yann's ultimate victory margin was nine.
Having won the Breizh Open before the Slovenia Open in 2019, Yann won the Breizh Open second this year due to the schedule change. That clinched victories in the same two international opens in two consecutive years."In France, the level was good too. I started the last round four strokes back and after 12 holes was five behind. I played the last five holes in four under." That left Yann tied with Charlie Cloarec and the Quiberon supremo shone in the extra holes.
Yann smiled when we congratulated him on his glorious pitch to the decisive second tie-hole, "The play-off was good for me, and like you said, the last birdie was easy at 20cm. This hole (18th at Quiberon) is my favourite because every morning I try to play 50 balls on it."
Like the Slovenia tournament, 2020 saw a Breizh Open with a difference. "This year it's very strange to organise events," bemoaned Yann. "Normally we have lots of visitors in France, but this year we had no one."
Like many of us, Le Tallec is frustrated by the impact of the pandemic. "I really hope in that in the near future this COVID will finish because I feel the situation is sad, and I feel 'shut-off'."
When the world returns to some degree of normality, Yann is hoping to arrange home and away internationals with Ireland. "That's why I want to organise an international meeting 'Ireland v. France' and I 'll try to come when it'll be possible to travel."