British Open: off to a good start in St Andrews, Victor Perez can aim for the cut

British Open: off to a good start in St Andrews, Victor Perez can aim for the cut

The Frenchman (-1) completed his entry into the major tournament under par. What to consider interrupting a frustrating series in Scotland.

Victor Perez PHIL NOBLE / REUTERS

Completing his entry with a score of -1, Victor Pérez showed a relaxed and smiling face after signing his first card of the 150th British Open on Thursday. Despite a birdie just missed on the 18th hole of the Old Course in Saint Andrews, the French player was only positive about the French journalists present in Scotland. It must be said that with three birdies (holes 5, 9 and 12) for two bogeys on the return, the Tarbais showed good dispositions on a not so easy course. “Overall, I’m happy and satisfied with my game,” he explained. I drove really well on this course, where the contact of the ball with the putter 25-30 meters from the flag is important… We have this stroke to play practically on all holes. It takes feeling. Again, on the whole, for a first round of major, playing -1 is satisfactory. »
Different conditions

Winner of the Dunhill Links in October 2019 on these same eighteen holes of the Old Course in St Andrews, Victor Perez admits before the second round that he did not feel the same sensations due to completely different conditions. “Between the course I played here in October during the Dunhill Links and the one today, he specifies, it’s day and night. Under current conditions, this is just judgment. »

Regional of the stage – he lives in Dundee, about twenty minutes by car north of St Andrews – Victor Perez appreciates the fact of meeting the connoisseurs who are moving en masse to St Andrews this year after tournaments played without an audience for cause of Covid pandemic. “Even though the flags and the ball don’t feel like it’s The Open, the atmosphere makes it great to be there. Saint Andrews is the mecca of golf. And it’s true that having played a lot of Majors in recent years, meeting the public after the Covid years is very pleasant. Especially here, where people are knowledgeable. They enjoy golf and know how to judge whether the shot is good or not so good. The audience is really good here. »

“I’m not going to put my cap on (he points to his throat) because I’m playing in a major tournament and I absolutely have to pass the cut! »
Victor Perez

To the question: “Will you feel any particular pressure during the 2nd round, while you remain on a series of five missed cuts during your last participations in major tournaments? “, the French seems to answer with serenity:” The pressure always exists, on all the tournaments during the 2nd round. I’m not going to put my hat on (he points to his throat) because I’m playing in a major tournament and I absolutely have to pass the cut! »

This Friday, the 107th player in the world will start the second round at 2:37 p.m. local time (3:37 p.m. in France) with Canadian Mackenzie Hughes (+1) and Zimbabwean Scott Vincent (-3).

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