Victor Perez: The British are in St Andrews at the top of the pyramid

Arriving on Saturday in St Andrews, Victor Perez, the only Frenchman to have competed in this 150th tournament in history, looks somewhat like his hometown. Based in Dundee, less than three-quarters of an hour’s drive away, he opened his meter in October 2019 at the Dunhill Links Championship, on the same old course. Could he make it a favourite?

Interview by Lionel Villa in St Andrews (Scotland)

This is the first 150 championships in history. Is this tournament different from other tournaments you’ve played?

For me, the British Open in St Andrews is at the top of the pyramid. Then, in the hierarchy, all the Masters, all the other Brits, the US Open, etc. Playing with him here is always special. every five years. To live in the area, we see how much the city has changed in a week.

You won the Dunhill Links Championship here in Fall 2019. Does that give you some confidence sitting through five missed cuts in a row at a Grand Slam?

You’ve done well in upstream tournaments (Winning the end of May at the Dutch Open in the DP World Tour). And then when you look closely, I didn’t play with the audience very much. I’ve had two Masters behind closed doors or almost, the same at the US Open… Actually, it’s almost my first major with people around me, in a real atmosphere… But I don’t worry too much. The pressure is either because the tournament is bigger. I, in particular, want to sing every week.

The course is different from the one we used to play in October during Dunhill, with wind supposed to blow on the left at the exit and right on the way back.

You just played eighteen holes on Tuesday after you played nine on Sunday. What can you tell us about this Old Course?

It was very windy today (Editor’s note, gusts range from 32 to 40 km/h). The course is different from the one we used to play in October during Dunhill, with wind supposed to blow on the left at the exit and right on the way back. This balances the track a bit, and it’s quite consistent. Anyway, downwind is the one I won here in 2019. After that, the course in October is more fluid, we’re playing longer. There, everything grilled really well while we’re at the start of the week. With the arrival of the audience, there shouldn’t be much roughness… Here, I always have the impression, when it’s steady, it’s windy and it’s a little “burned out”, and it’s hard to put the ball close to the flags. Thus making sparrows. Even with shorter batons to click. On the other hand, when it’s flexible, you can curse the flag and the ball stops… Anyway, all the holes with the wind, they’ll put the flags at the beginning of the green and those with the wind against it, they’ll have flags at the bottom of the green. I think we will be very far from the flags, which is what they apparently planned in order to better protect the track.

Playing long strokes with a racket, the core of the links, does that suit you?

Loved. It’s a shot I used to do because I live here. It’s a move we use often. So it will be first and foremost the sensations, the feeling from afar to be able to give yourself a bet because if it’s windy, you don’t want to spend your day fighting at two or three meters.

We may do the best preparation, we know places better than everyone else, if you find yourself in the wrong clouds (clouds) and the wind follows you, it won’t change anything

What will be the key to success this week?

For me it would be first avoiding bunkers at first (122) Because we all have to be in the same positions and then connect the two-hit throw. We’ll have to try to take 2-3 chances on average 5 and score a few points. 9 will be drivable, and 18 too… If we make two good starts, that can make two birds… So we’ll have to improve on this and maximize parity.

Do you agree that this major is definitely the hardest to forecast since the weather can be very different between morning and afternoon?

We may do the best preparation, we know the places better than everyone, if you find yourself in the wrong draw (Withdrawal) And the wind follows you, it won’t change a thing. Conversely, you can quickly find yourself at the top of the leaderboard…

When I woke up on the Saturday before the Scotsman started, my right eye was completely red. I went to see an ophthalmologist and then went to the hospital. The result, I have a sore on the top of the eye

Why are you wearing glasses this week?

When I woke up on the Saturday before the Scotsman started, my right eye was completely red. There was a little panic. I went to see an ophthalmologist and then went to the hospital. As a result, I have a sore on the top of my eye, which is not clear to me. I can no longer wear contact lenses for six weeks. Of course, this is not ideal. Upon my arrival, I was able to find a pair of clear glasses. In fifteen years of using contact lenses, this is the first time this has happened to me. They think I have strep. No chance!

How do you view LIV Golf?

I don’t tend to put my nose into stories…to find out why and how…what some people think and vice versa…it won’t help me golf better. I’ve always had that perspective, whether I’m here in Europe, there or in Asia, it doesn’t matter… The only thing that allows me to develop is that I’m playing well.

Are you more attached to the DP World Tour than any other circuit?

This week I am playing the British Open. Talking about it won’t change my life. I find that more controversial than anything else. It’s only my fourth year on the tour, and I don’t necessarily have a say in this kind of question!

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