22 Oct 2008

Famous Frenchman quits full time golf

7:43 am on 22 October 2008

The French golf professional Jean Van de Velde, who'll be remembered for losing a major championship rather than winning one, is retiring from full-time golf.

The 42-year-old Van der Velde has suffered chronic knee problems caused by a skiing accident six years ago, and regardless of his playing status on next year's European tour, he'll play in no more than a dozen of his favourite tournaments.

Van der Velde's great claim to fame goes back to 1999 when he seemed to have the British Open title parcelled up at Carnoustie in Scotland before he took a triple bogey seven on the last hole, and lost a play-off.