Golf – Coronavirus – Victor Perez: “I was probably in a form of optimistic ignorance …”

these crazy days?
I really had the feeling of living a rather unique situation … I had prepared in a very standard way before the Players Championship, without thinking too much about what was going on. I had a good first lap and since I started late in the afternoon, I had one of the first starts the next day. So I quickly went to dinner, I did my stretches and I went to sleep with the classic stress of Thursday evening for the next day. I was already visualizing the first blow I was going to have to type. The pressure of the tournament did not come down. “Data-reactid =” 19 “> As he was about to experience the first steps of his American dream, Victor Perez was stopped dead by the coronavirus. Masters postponed, Players canceled, the French n ° 1 hoped to play again soon, and soon became disillusioned. “How have you been through these crazy days?
I really had the feeling of living a rather unique situation … I had prepared in a very standard way before the Players Championship, without thinking too much about what was going on. I had a good first lap and since I started late in the afternoon, I had one of the first starts the next day. So I quickly went to dinner, I did my stretches and I went to sleep with the classic stress of Thursday evening for the next day. I was already visualizing the first blow I was going to have to type. The pressure of the tournament did not come down.

messages announcing the cancellation of the tournament. On Thursday evening we were informed that the tournament would probably continue, but without fans. We thought it was going to be a strange atmosphere without spectators, but that it was playable. However, this decision to cancel the tournament was the best thing to do. The noise of this almost foreseeable cancellation considering what was going on in the NBA in particular Wasn’t he going up to the locker room?
Because it was on the PGA Tour, I had far fewer connections with tournament officials than I know yet. It was one of my first tournaments there. If the tournament had taken place in Europe, I would surely have had feedback different and I would no doubt have had the information a little earlier. There, I knew nothing about it. Perhaps the speech of the Tour was completely different with the regular players of the circuit. I don’t know. “Data-reactid =” 21 “> I woke up during the night to satisfy an urgent urge. And it was while looking at my phone to get an idea of ​​the time that I saw the messages informing of the cancellation of the tournament. On Thursday evening we were informed that the tournament would probably continue, but without fans. We thought it was going to be a strange atmosphere without spectators, but that it was playable. however, this decision to cancel the tournament was the best thing to do. The noise of this almost foreseeable cancellation considering what was happening in the NBA in particular did not it rise in the locker room?
Because it was on the PGA Tour, I had far fewer connections with tournament officials than I know yet. It was one of my first tournaments there. If the tournament had taken place in Europe, I would surely have had feedback different and I would no doubt have had the information a little earlier. There, I knew nothing about it. Perhaps the speech of the Tour was completely different with the regular players of the circuit. I do not know.

from all tournaments to the PGA Championship, the game has changed. We may not be able to play a tournament until June. Everything is still rather vague and that is what makes this situation difficult. Victor Perez “I told myself that it was going to be fine, and that in 15 days we would all be in Texas and then at the Masters. […] I never imagined this whole wave of tournament cancellations. ” Until this tournament cancellation beyond mid-May, were you still training?
Yes, I was on the side of Ponte Vedra for a few days, then on Orlando to continue this classic preparation. All golf news Did you take the opportunity to go play the Augusta National?
Yes, I went there with my manager last Monday. It had been planned for a long time, long before this episode of the coronavirus. It was a great experience that tasted a little bitter that the tournament was not going to take place in stride. It remained a very instructive training, in particular at the level of the lines of play. Because a priori the course will not be turned upside down, unless we play the course in the other direction during the next edition (laughs). What was the atmosphere like during this recognition only a few days after the postponement of the Masters?
There weren’t many people when we came. We saw very few members. It was quite calm. Victor Perez “It was great to play, to see (the Augusta National) with a slightly more relaxed aspect than if we had been 15 days from the tournament. ” How did you experience this first at Augusta clubs in hand?
It was great to play, to see the course with a slightly more relaxed aspect than if we had been 15 days from the tournament. I would certainly have been much less peaceful if the Masters had taken place as planned. I did not put balls in all directions, I did not make 50 putts per greens. I did not have this usual methodical approach to fully understand the course. It was a really relaxed part, I didn’t ask myself any questions, it was quite pleasant in fact. Were you surprised by some holes of Augusta which when played can be perceived differently?
No, because I had seen it hundreds of times on TV and had been there as a spectator twice. The course was exactly as I imagined it. It was suddenly quite positive at this level. Have you had a particular crush on a hole in this legendary route?
They are all unique and all have their own character. It would be almost unfair to choose one in particular. It is the whole route that makes Augusta what it is. It is really the chain of holes that jumped out at me. And also the fact that each hole contains its moment of History. Almost every hole has a specific hit in mind when you play it. That alone is very special. Victor Perez “I had strong desires to play well and with all my staff we were prepared to perform for these big tournaments. But the situation is so new … ” In what state was Augusta’s course despite the announcement of the postponement of the Masters?
He was very wet. It had rained a lot when we were there and the field was still in preparation mode. It was quite soft, the fairways were very receptive and the greens far from being as fast as they could be during the Masters. The course seemed almost open and accessible. It was not as impressive as a few days before the tournament. It allowed me to see Augusta in a rather unique way, it was rather interesting. Did you count your shots?
I think I played +3, yes. Have you noticed an extension of hole n ° 13 whose departure was supposed to be postponed for this edition?
No, it didn’t impress me. The thing is that as a spectator we cannot go to this precise departure. So I didn’t really have a point of comparison. But it does not seem to me that the hole has been changed. All news related to live coronavirus How do you live this forced cancellation of this American dream which was announced for you?
It is necessarily disappointing. I had strong desires to play well and with all my staff we were prepared to perform for these big tournaments. But the situation is so new … I tell myself that all these tournaments, I will play them one day or another. We have to put things in context. It is only golf and in a period where people die from coronavirus the fact of not being able to play these great events is really second to me. What will be your program in the coming weeks?
It becomes more and more vague as the tournaments are canceled or postponed one after the other. I think I’m going to go home to Scotland, rest, do something else. But if I have to live a period of confinement as it is the case in France, it will be waiting more than anything else. »” Data-reactid = “23”>After the Players were canceled, did you try to get home as soon as possible?
Not really. I am very optimistic in nature, I never think that things will be as serious as they really are. I told myself that it was going to be fine, and that in 15 days we would all be in Texas and then at the Masters. I was undoubtedly in a form of optimistic ignorance … I did not imagine all this wave of cancellation of tournaments. Even today (Wednesday) I’m still in Florida, because I still hoped that events like the RBC Heritage (April 13-19) were going to proceed normally. I wanted to continue training, to stay ready to play. But with the cancellation (Tuesday)of all the tournaments up to the PGA Championship, the situation has changed. We may not be able to play a tournament until June. Everything is still rather vague and that is what makes this situation difficult. Victor Perez “I told myself that it was going to be fine, and that in 15 days we would all be in Texas and then at the Masters. […] I never imagined this whole wave of tournament cancellations. ” Until this tournament cancellation beyond mid-May, were you still training?
Yes, I was on the side of Ponte Vedra for a few days, then on Orlando to continue this classic preparation. All golf news Did you take the opportunity to go play the Augusta National?
Yes, I went there with my manager last Monday. It had been planned for a long time, long before this episode of the coronavirus. It was a great experience that tasted a little bitter because the tournament was not going to take place in stride. It remained a very instructive training, in particular at the level of the lines of play. Because a priori the course will not be turned upside down, unless we play the course in the other direction during the next edition (laughs). What was the atmosphere like during this recognition only a few days after the postponement of the Masters?
There weren’t many people when we came. We saw very few members. It was quite calm. Victor Perez “It was great to play, to see (the Augusta National) with a slightly more relaxed aspect than if we had been 15 days from the tournament. ” How did you experience this first at Augusta clubs in hand?
It was great to play, to see the course with a slightly more relaxed aspect than if we had been 15 days from the tournament. I would certainly have been much less peaceful if the Masters had taken place as planned. I did not put balls in all directions, I did not make 50 putts per greens. I did not have this usual methodical approach to fully understand the course. It was a really relaxed part, I didn’t ask myself any questions, it was quite pleasant in fact. Were you surprised by some holes of Augusta which when played can be perceived differently?
No, because I had seen it hundreds of times on TV and had been there as a spectator twice. The course was exactly as I imagined it. It was suddenly quite positive at this level. Have you had a particular crush on a hole in this legendary route?
They are all unique and all have their own character. It would be almost unfair to choose one in particular. It is the whole route that makes Augusta what it is. It is really the chain of holes that jumped out at me. And also the fact that each hole contains its moment of History. Almost every hole has a specific hit in mind when you play it. That alone is very special. Victor Perez “I had strong desires to play well and with all my staff we were prepared to perform for these big tournaments. But the situation is so new … ” In what state was Augusta’s course despite the announcement of the postponement of the Masters?
He was very wet. It had rained a lot when we were there and the field was still in preparation mode. It was quite soft, the fairways were very receptive and the greens far from being as fast as they could be during the Masters. The course seemed almost open and accessible. It was not as impressive as a few days before the tournament. It allowed me to see Augusta in a rather unique way, it was rather interesting. Did you count your shots?
I think I played +3, yes. Have you noticed an extension of hole n ° 13 whose departure was supposed to be postponed for this edition?
No, it didn’t impress me. The thing is that as a spectator we cannot go to this precise departure. So I didn’t really have a point of comparison. But it does not seem to me that the hole has been changed. All news related to live coronavirus How do you live this forced cancellation of this American dream which was announced for you?
It is necessarily disappointing. I had strong desires to play well and with all my staff we were prepared to perform for these big tournaments. But the situation is so new … I tell myself that all these tournaments, I will play them one day or another. We have to put things in context. It is only golf and in a period where people die from coronavirus the fact of not being able to play these great events is really second to me. What will be your program in the coming weeks?
It becomes more and more vague as the tournaments are canceled or postponed one after the other. I think I’m going to go home to Scotland, rest, do something else. But if I have to live in a period of confinement as is the case in France, it will be more waiting than anything else. “