Residence: Aix-en-Provence, France
Gregory took up golf at the age of 10 after being encouraged by his father, who was a Parisian vet. Gregory won the French Amateur Championship 3 years in a row from 1997 to 1999, and in 1999 won the European Amateur. He also won a minor professional tournament as an amateur, the 1998 Omnium National. Off the golf course, one of his more interesting activities was to play a game of football in a bull ring, accompanied by the bull, during a friend's bachelor party.
Havret turned professional in 1999. He won a place on the European Tour at the 2000 Qualifying School. He finished 60th on the Order of Merit in his rookie season and recorded a maiden tour victory at the Italian Open. This was a historic achievement as he followed Levet into the winners’ enclosure that year. It was the first time two Frenchmen had won in the same season on the European Tour.
Havret's biggest win to date came at the 2007 Barclays Scottish Open. He overcame 3-time major champion and world #2 Phil Mickelson in a playoff. This victory helped him break into the top-20 of the Order of Merit for the first time.
In August 2008 Havret recorded a second tournament victory in Scotland. He led the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles at the end of every round and recorded a single shot victory over Graeme Storm. Gregory’s only other top-10 of the season came at the Open de Espana. A third round 63 gave him the chance of victory. He could not however go on to secure his second win of the season. A final round of 70 saw him finish in a tie for 3rd.
Gregory Havret Club History
Below is a selection of clubs used by Gregory Havret throughout his career
Gregory Havret Tournament History
2008 The Open Championship
17-20 July - The Open Championship - Royal Birkdale. The 137th Open Championship was successfully defended by Padraig Harrington. He shot -4 on the back 9 on the Sunday to pull away from Ian Poulter and overnight leader Greg Norman. The Open this year was without one notable absentee as World #1 Tiger Woods was recovering from knee surgery. Greg Norman became the oldest golfer ever to hold at least a share of the 54-hole lead when he led by 2 strokes on +2. Due to extremely high winds, no one managed to play under par for the round, and it was first time since 1986 when the 54-hole leader was not under par. Despite a wrist injury that almost forced him to withdraw prior to the tournament Harrington pulled away from the field with a tremendous back 9 and became only the fifth golfer to retain the Open Championship in the last 50 years.
In Gregory Havret's bag...Opening rounds of 70 and 72 put Alexander in a great position at the half way mark. However increasingly worsening conditions saw the Swede fire a75, 77 over the weekend to fall into a tie for 19th. Ping European Tour pro Alexander Noren was using their G10 driver and G i10 irons.
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