The oldest of the Grand Slams set off for its one hundred and fiftieth version in Saint Andrews, this Thursday, July 14. The Frenchman, Victor Perez, shared his impressions after a first round which he closed with a 71 (-1).
“How do you choose this first round?
Doing minus 1, taking part in under par on a first round of Major, was necessary. There can be fairly a niche between good and dangerous scores. We drive loads of greens, or we’re not far, on 4 or 5 holes, plus the two par 5s. There was a -8, it isn’t stunning. But in the different route, if we begin to get a bit of misplaced in the drive, it turns into sophisticated.
Mackenzie (Hughes) who was taking part in with me missed a shot at 13 and he misplaced his ball in a bush when there have been possibly 150 individuals close by. It can go in a short time in each instructions.
Do you will have any regrets about this half?
No, I’m not going to give attention to regrets simply that I’m pleased with my sport. The foremost factor right here is to drive after which have the contact with the putter at 20, 30, 35 m. We have lengthy putts on virtually each gap, whether or not it is eagle or birdie. Or they’re rolled chips. It’s simply feeling, to have the ability to choose which shot it’s a must to play to attempt to make birdies.
And your placing was a satisfaction…
Yes, I’m blissful total, I began rather well. Afterwards, we will not anticipate to have an ideal day on the greens. Some gamers will succeed, however 25, 30 m all day, if we glance at the stats, out of 15 possibilities at this distance we’ll inevitably make 3 putts sadly. So total I’m pleased with my day.
What is the distinction between this course and the one you play at Dunhill Links?
It’s day and night time. When you see a gap like the 16, actually with wind, we had been 10m from the inexperienced. Inevitably there is a danger in itself, nevertheless it is a gap on which we hardly ever hit the driver; usually it is a left quick iron after which a 7 iron. Same as the 18, it is 350 yards, I hit a 2 iron, not essentially good, the ball went up the inexperienced and down. It’s simply judgment. You need to handle to belief your self and inform your self that the ball will go the distance.
What does taking part in the course in The Open configuration change?
Nothing particular, the flags and the ball do not feel prefer it’s The Open, it is the similar shot as if we had been there in early February, though the environment makes it nonetheless high d to be in the mecca of golf. Having performed loads of Majors lately, having an viewers after the Covid sport is good. Especially right here the place the public appreciates golf, is aware of easy methods to choose whether or not a shot is good or dangerous. And is grateful when he sees a top quality shot.
The key to the journey?
If anybody has it, I’d like to understand it…”