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Rob Lee blogs on French golfers and who he wants to manage Man Utd

Rob Lee - Rob Lee Posted 29th April 2014 view comments

French golf is in a good place at the moment with four men from the country winning on the European Tour since September.

Gregory Bourdy and Julien Quesne recorded victories in Wales and Italy respectively last autumn, while Victor Dubuisson prevailed in Turkey in November and Alexander Levy won in China last week.

I think the French players have been inspired by each other's success - particularly that of Dubuisson, who also reached the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play - and been determined not to be left behind.

Alexander the great: Frenchman Levy knocks back the champagne after winning in China

Alexander the great: Frenchman Levy knocks back the champagne after winning in China

These guys tend to eat together and fraternise together and when one makes the breakthrough, it brings the others on and makes them think: 'If he can do it, so can I'.

However, another reason for the surge in French golf is that the country is making a big effort to spread the game, make it more accessible and shed its elitist image, so I suspect we will see many more young players coming through.

Impressed

Dubuisson, Levy and Romain Wattel are all in their early-to-mid twenties so it will be interesting to see who fashions the better career out of that trio - and I am not yet convinced it will be Dubuisson.

Levy has a quick style and could end up being the best Frenchman amongst the current crop.

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He has made the biggest splash so far, winning in style in Antalya and doing some amazing things at the Match Play, but, having never seen him before, I was very impressed with Levy's game in Shenzhen.

He played some brilliant shots en route to winning by four from Tommy Fleetwood and wasn't one of these frauds who didn't look at the leaderboard, so he knew exactly where he was and what he had to do.

Levy has a quick and refreshing style, too - there is no dallying or mucking about - so that also bodes well and I think he could end up being the best Frenchman amongst the current crop.

Dubuisson leads the European Ryder Cup Points List at present and Levy could also get in Paul McGinley's team if he keeps punching out the top 10s, so that might mean that new blood makes it to Gleneagles and some old blood doesn't.

That's the way it should be, though, because the Ryder Cup is a meritocracy.

Demanding

Away from the golf, I've had my eyes on Manchester United after a very busy week at Old Trafford, which ended with a great day for Ryan Giggs as, with the help of some of the Class of '92, he oversaw a 4-0 win over Norwich.

Giggs has got three more games to endorse his management capabilities but while I am a massive fan of his, I would think that right now would not perhaps be the best time to take the job on a permanent basis.

For Manchester United to be your first job is quite demanding and I think a bit more experience would help him make a better fist of it down the road, so my ideal scenario is for him to assist an already established boss.

I would like that already established boss to be Carlo Ancelotti, who has won the Premier League with Chelsea, dealt with the English media, comes across as a very sound man and likes it over here.

I know Louis van Gaal as a name and someone who people say is ruthless, but I don't know enough about him as an operator, so I think Ancelotti would be ideal, especially if Giggs was his number two and earmarked as his successor.

ROB'S SKY BET TIPS

Rory McIlroy is desperate for a victory but I think 16/1 shotLee Westwood will win the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, on a course you cannot scuff your way around. He has confidence after winning in Malaysia and has Billy Foster back on his bag, too, Over at The Championship in Singapore, meanwhile, I am tipping Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

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