Friday, July 15, 2016

Nice resident Clement Sordet plays with heavy heart at Royal Troon

145th Open Championship - Day Two

Frenchman Clement Sordet awoke on Friday morning to a slew of text messages from friends and family, wondering if he was OK. Right then, he knew something terrible had happened.

Sordet is from Nice, where more than 85 innocent people were murdered in a Bastille Day terrorist attack. He lives there with his girlfriend, Marie, but he was in Scotland, resting ahead of Round 2 of the British Open at Royal Troon. He lives about 500 meters from where the attack happened. Fortunately, his girlfriend and family that were there for the Bastille Day celebrations were unharmed.

“They’re safe now, so everything’s OK (with them). But I feel really bad for all of the others,” Sordet said.

Like so many players in the field, Sordet wore a black ribbon on his hat to show solidarity with his countrymen and honor the victims. He also wrote “Pray for Nice” on his hat.

“I’m really proud to be French, and I think we all need to support each other,” Sordet said, according to Golfweek. “That’s about it.”

Sordet, who regularly plays on the European Challenge Tour, shot a second consecutive 75 on Friday, missing the cut at 8 over par. He knew golf was not going to be on his mind as he played, but he was hoping to enjoy the experience before coming back to reality.

“I was just trying to enjoy my last day at The Open. That’s it, yeah,” he said. “I just say my prayers and that’s it.”

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