Victor Perez after his first spherical on the DP World Championship: “The week remains to be very lengthy”

Victor Perez (69, -3): “The technique shouldn’t change”

“A day in -3, with out bogey, we think about you fairly glad with this primary lap…
It is by no means apparent a primary spherical of a event with a course just a little totally different from earlier years. I knew he was going to essentially separate the sector of gamers as a result of with the tough and pretty agency greens, as quickly as we’re just a little within the tough, we miss greens and we’ll shortly make two, three, 4, 5 bogeys… However when you’re on the golf green, with these flag positions, there’s nonetheless sufficient to attain. Seeing Tyrrell (Hatton) at -8 after 17 holes (-7 ultimately), it isn’t stunning so I am very proud of this primary day.

What a part of the sport did you notably like?
The irons recreation was excellent. I did not miss lots of greens, so we spent the day pretty quiet. I did not take many fairways however by hitting pictures from the tough I took greens, which isn’t essentially simple as a result of you’ll be able to shortly get a flyer (shot that overshoots the goal) or not relying on the lees (the place the ball lies). It’s essential to have just a little success on the studying of the lie. We will learn it in addition to we wish however now and again it doesn’t react nicely. I managed to hit good areas from locations the place I used to be struggling. The placing from distance was excellent, I did not must battle an excessive amount of with 2 or 3 meter putts for par. So the day went fairly nicely.

How do you take care of the warmth bodily on a day like this?
It is onerous to eat on a day like this. It is so sizzling, it’s a must to drink, the electrolyte is on the block. As well as, we depart at a considerably odd hour, which we do not essentially like. 11 o’clock, we’ve breakfast however we do not have time to eat at midday. So I hope tomorrow (Friday) would be the afternoon to have time for lunch. It is rather sizzling and there’s not a lot wind. We hydrate however we nonetheless draw on the machine for the primary day.

After beginning in -3, what would be the technique for the longer term?
It’ll depend upon the climate. At this time they introduced just a little extra wind than that, which made the course just a little extra reasonably priced. I do not essentially assume I will change my technique. It is one of many programs I’ve performed essentially the most since I have been on the Tour, I’ve performed this event 4 instances in order that’s twelve rounds of competitors. So we start to have an concept of ​​what we will and can’t do. For me it is a bonus. The technique, I’ve it just a little extra in thoughts than in the beginning with out having to assume an excessive amount of, which is all the time fascinating. Not having to spend half an hour within the morning on the pocket book (after all) considering based mostly on flag positions. We’ve got already seen it sufficient instances to have the ability to play with fairly a little bit of fluidity.

You had shot 67 on the primary day in 2020 and completed sixth within the event: is this sort of spherical best from the beginning?
It’s identified from the stats that the primary spherical is essential. This launches you into the event, particularly on a course that’s not essentially simple. As quickly as we’re above par and we see direct -9, -10, we’re far-off and we not have the identical strategy. After taking part in a really strong recreation, you need not assault strikes extra typically than vital. The primary spherical is all the time necessary even when there are 72 holes. When you find yourself on a very good roll, with out essentially making -8 however with a strong card, you’re feeling that the technique is in place and you may let your self be performed for the remainder of the week.

What would be the program for the top of the day?
It will likely be recuperation, attempting to eat, cooling down if we discover a chilly bathtub or one thing to calm the physique as a result of we’re 25% from the event and the week remains to be very lengthy. »

Romain Langasque might have scored higher if his placing had matched his driving. (P. Lahalle/The Group)

Romain Langasque (71, -1): “My finest a part of the yr”

Launched within the second half early within the morning, the French returned a primary card underneath par (-1) which absolutely satisfies him, much more for the way in which than for the rating.

Romain Langasque: “I drove very nicely from A to Z, took lots of greens and made few errors. I felt actually good all alongside the course. Fairly actually it is my finest a part of the yr. And the massive plus level was the driving. Enjoying underneath par is all the time optimistic, however I additionally bear in mind the shape, with lots of alternatives that did not essentially fall even when I wasn’t that shut (to the flags). I’m very completely satisfied. Right here the chipping is de facto onerous across the greens so I believe -1 is an excellent rating and I am very proud of my flip; I took my likelihood from the beginning.

I instantly acquired into the sport nicely. I began at 5m at 1, 3m for birdie at 2 and three, on the inexperienced at 4 and at 1m for birdie at 5. I felt that the underside line was there, however as I mentioned I used to be really feel good since final week so I felt like my recreation was in place. There have been fairly just a few flags on the backside of the greens, near the sides, which made the course a bit longer. So it was more durable to go close to the flags however I believe any rating underneath par will likely be a very good rating. Afterwards, it’ll take just a few extra birdies over the subsequent few days to hope for the highest of the leaderboard.

Given the roughs, they could need the event to not be received in -20 this yr. It is within the spirit, they will be pinning the flags all week. Shocked ? No, we’re on the ultimate of the Race to Dubai, there are the perfect on the earth so we’d like a course to match.

There I will eat and do some placing as a result of I struggled a bit with the velocity (of the greens). Then I will go house to relaxation as a result of it is very popular and there are nonetheless three laps. I talked about it with Makis (Chamalidis, his psychological coach), the objective is to be current always, to eat nicely all through the course and to do my routines as finest as attainable. This course will be demanding when you begin hitting the ball much less nicely. I’m prepared, I’m conscious of it.

I desire to start out late, it is going to be a very good signal however I believe at the moment it was extra of a bonus to start out early. The greens are just a little softer and that performs too. Afterwards, if I can play at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday…”

Antoine Rozner has not always been rewarded with his good shots.  (S. Boué/The Team)

Antoine Rozner has not all the time been rewarded along with his good pictures. (S. Boué/The Group)

Antoine Rozner (72, par): “Might do higher”

After a pleasant go to -2, the Parisian misplaced the thread just a little, to complete in par with a style of unfinished enterprise regardless of just a few “excellent golf pictures”.

Antoine Rozner: “I made a fairly strong begin in content material, now I am just a little upset with the consequence, as a result of it deserved just a little higher. It did not repay, particularly on the way in which again the place I chained lots of excellent golf pictures. I might have hoped for just a little higher, now it is 4 laps, it is fairly lengthy so I hope to have the ability to seize just a few locations by Sunday. It was actually not unhealthy when it comes to sensations, I discovered one thing two days in the past that speaks to me fairly a bit.

I’ll not have taken many fairways, that is in all probability the place it was performed at the moment. As a result of we all know that with these tremendous thick roughs we will get into bother. If I can handle to take just a little extra fairways, I believe I will be extra aggressive on the second pictures and attempt to slip in just a little extra birdies. It did not take lots of breath, but it surely’s nonetheless a fairly difficult course, it is very onerous to make birdies, it’s a must to handle to get shut. It isn’t a straightforward course however we see that there are fairly low scores so we will do higher. Even when I had just a few onerous moments, I did not lose focus an excessive amount of, it’s a must to keep severe and diligent.

There’s a good rating to get, it’s a must to play 4 strong days, that is crucial factor. I had a good day even when I might have hoped for higher, so the contract was fairly full general. »

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