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Van de Velde won the Madeira Island Open last year. His first European Tour victory in 13 years allows him to keep his card through next season, but he has qualified for only one major over the last five years, missing the cut at St. Andrews in 2005.

He was at Royal Troon the year before doing commentary for the BBC, and spoke briefly about his infamous day at Carnoustie.

“That’s what sport is about,” Van de Velde said. “It’s about emotion, whether good or bad. At the end of the day, there has always been one guy coming out to the disappointment of another. It was a good tournament. It was a tough tournament.

“And everyone suffered along the way.”