Last major of the yr, the British Open is performed this week in Kent, at the Royal St Georges, a legendary course, a hyperlinks as fairly often for this Open at the origin of golf which was born in 1860. .. Who says hyperlinks (course by the sea), says very large roughs, small murderous bunkers, tortuous greens and naturally an intermittent wind … Very fortuitously, small concession granted to the 156 certified gamers, no rain throughout the 4 days of competitors and even an enormous sizzling solar throughout the weekend. Astonishing, no!
For a number of weeks, the Tarbais Victor Perez has been on the lookout for confidence and success. Will he lastly defeat his demons on the banks of the Channel? Will he make a minimize in a major match this season?
We consider it after his first lap, which he concludes in the par, a superb begin that places him in forty eighth provisional place. We consider in it much more after the first 5 holes on Friday, the place at -1 it climbs as much as thirty third place! But the enchancment didn’t final, as he defined at the finish of his match to our colleagues in The team: “It’s hard to point the finger at a particular compartment. Physical, mental, technical, tactical, it’s a bit of everything. When you play well, you know that the parts will have rhythm, you have the impression that it’s easy, we don’t ask ourselves too many questions. And as soon as we are a little more in difficulty, we have the impression that everything gets complicated. We have trouble making decisions, we make small Mental errors here, technical errors there, it is a set of things more than an area to be pointed out “.
And his previous demons come again to hang-out him on this well-known sixth gap, an nearly innocuous par 3, if not for this well-known “pot bunker”, simply earlier than the inexperienced, the place Victor will go away his final illusions, as he instructed us. detailed yesterday: “I miss the first exit which was in the descent and then I found myself against the lip where I did not manage to go out twice!”.
At the exit, a deadly quadruple bogey. And his final birdie on the 18th for a closing rating of +2 drives the level residence a bit extra, since as soon as once more, he involves die with a bit blow from the minimize, in 78th place. A degree that is all … “It’s a bit of a summary of the last tournaments where it’s just irregular, not complete enough to make a score. Good, less good, good, less good .. . But the worse is still too penalizing and that leaves me too behind “.
Behind and a shifting away computerized Ryder Cup qualification … “As I’ve said since the start of the year, playing the Ryder Cup is one thing. But playing the Ryder Cup well, feeling that the level of play progresses, it is another. Checking the Ryder box to check it without having the game that goes with it would be useless. This is not a trophy, nor a star that I want to If it’s to just appear and not have my game … I know very well that it goes just as fast one way as the other. Maybe in Memphis, I’m going to play really well. There are still quite a few tournaments before the end of the points and we know how fast it can go. So there is no point in thinking about it “.
Let us want Victor that the click on happens on August 5 in Tennessee, for a world championship which he most well-liked to tick as an alternative of the ersatz Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Another who should overcome his demons, however not the similar, is Louis Oosthuizen. Already second in the final two grand slam tournaments (the US Open and the PGA Championship), which had already occurred to him 4 occasions since his solely victory at the British in 2010, the South African led for 3 days and appeared untouchable. But he ended up as soon as once more positioned however not a winner, tied for third place with Spaniard Jon Rahm (-11). Because the winner is the explosive younger American Collin Morikawa (-15), who is 2 strokes forward of his compatriot Jordan Spieth. Collin Morikawa, solely 24 years previous, due to this fact managed to win “The Open” in his first participation, a feat he had already achieved throughout the PGA Championship in 2020. You stated major!
Finally, it ought to be famous that 5 French have been certified for this Open, a document! And if Mike Lorenzo-Vera (+4) and Romain Langasque (+7) skilled the similar misfortune as Victor Perez, Benjamin Hébert and Antoine Rozner managed to move the minimize and completed respectively thirty third (-2) and 59th (+2 ).