French Open preview: Justin Thomas makes overseas voyage to prepare for season's third major

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Justin Thomas (Getty Images)

With Tiger Woods back in action on the PGA Tour this week, a lot of attention will go on the Quicken Loans National, but the European Tour’s French Open boasts the stronger field. 

Justin Thomas headlines a field with 12 of the top 50 players in the world competing in France as part of the European Tour’s Rolex Series.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to go and play in a European Tour event,” Thomas said, via euorpeantour.com. “It is something I haven’t done since my first start as a pro when I went to play the Dunhill Links.

“I’m not sure what to expect, having never played a Rolex Series event. I know they’re fairly new to the European Tour, so it will be really fun to be a part of it. I’m sure the field is going to be tremendous,  especially being a Ryder Cup venue. It will have a lot of talent.”

Thomas committed to the event a month ago, hoping to gain some comfort across the pond before next month’s Open Championship. He will be joined by Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren as players ranked inside the top 20 teeing it up this week.

The English trio of Tyrrell Hatton, Ian Poulter and Matthew Fitzpatrick all contended at the U.S. Open, and they all should be ready to build off their success in France.

Two-time major winner Martin Kaymer is also in the field fresh off his runner-up finish last week.

Tommy Fleetwood won here last year, but he’s not in the field to defend his title this week after finishing runner up two weeks ago at the U.S. Open.