Confined since Monday on the side of Dundee (Scotland) where he resides, the Frenchman, 40th world player, intends to put his situation in relation to the coronavirus which is spreading all over the world. And too bad if the Masters and the Olympic Games, for which he had to participate, are postponed until later …
A few days ago, he was walking the famous course of Carnoustie (Scotland), theater of the 2018 British Open won by the Italian Francesco Molinari. On Monday, he even had to challenge the Old Course at St Andrews. Before Great Britain decrees this March 23, 2020 general containment. Returning to Dundee last Wednesday while still in the United States until that date, Victor Perez is now confined to his home. “What am I doing right now? he wonders on the other end of the phone. Not much ! I continue to do a little sport. We do a bit like everyone else. We gland. We have the right to go out once a day to do a little cycling, running, going for a walk… I have a room at home that I have converted into a mini-gym and I try to maintain myself physically . We will now patiently wait for things to get back to normal. In my opinion, when the season will resume, we will have to chain a lot of tournaments. Physical preparation will therefore, as usual, be very important. Right now, we can continue to work physically and mentally. However, golfically, it is impossible. This is how I will spend my time. “
Until when ? No one knows. Keith Pelley, the boss of the European Tour, has certainly mentioned a possible back to competition for the end of May. For the Irish Open. The second Rolex Series in an already severely truncated European Tour season: ten tournaments postponed or canceled to date.
“Honestly, I don’t know, admits the Frenchman. This is a question that depends so much on what people are going to do … If they don’t make the effort to contain the virus, it can last six months, a year. However, if not, it can get back in order faster. Only time will tell. I think by the end of April we will have a much better idea of what might happen next. At the moment, and compared to what I see here in Scotland, there is no one on the streets. But how long will it last? It is often over time that things get more difficult. I repeat, everything will depend on the attitude of the population. But I think people will play the game. They are aware of the seriousness of the situation. This is not something to be taken lightly. “
There is no point in speculating
The current 40th world player and best tricolor golfer of the moment is certainly the one who is most heavily affected by this completely new situation. In fact, he was due to be in Austin, Texas this week to compete in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and prepare for the Augusta Masters. The first event has been canceled. The second postponed to a later date. Maybe at the beginning of October. Nothing is less sure.
“I think we have to put things into perspective,” he says. There are people who die every day when for me, we only talk about playing golf, on the best tournaments, the best circuits in the world. We have to put things in context. It’s not ideal, it’s true, it’s not as good as what was planned four to five months ago. But much more serious things are going on right now. I don’t know if the Masters will take place. I have not received any news from the Augusta National Golf Club. We follow that through social networks but there is also a lot of false information circulating. Generally speaking, I have no intention of spending too much energy knowing what is going to happen or not in the next few weeks, the next few months. I prefer to accept the situation as it exists today. When the message is clearer from the PGA Tour, the European Tour, the USGA or the R&A, we will then have the tools to rebuild a calendar and start a preparation again. It is useless to speculate on the slightest case. Because we don’t know. “
A cancellation message on his mobile
We left the Tarbais on March 12 on a very nice 69 (-3) card signed after the first round of the PLAYERS Championship. Before this tournament, considered the 5th Major of the season, is canceled the night of Thursday to Friday.
“I had a very good first day,” he continues. There was speculation that the tournament would continue without spectators for the next three rounds. So I went to bed on Thursday evening quite early, thinking that Friday morning I was going to play. But when I woke up, I had a message informing me that the tournament was finally canceled. “
Also postponed the PGA Championship, second Major of the year scheduled from May 14 to 17 in San Francisco, as Tokyo Olympic Games (July 24-August 9), “Fired” in the summer of 2021. Bad news for Victor Perez, who almost had his ticket in his pocket. And the addition could be a little more salty since the Ryder Cup, which will take place at Whistling Straits (Wisconsin) from September 25 to 27, is also threatened to be postponed until next year. A real blow for the one who is for the moment ideally placed within the European team, both at the point classificationlike at world ranking.
“For the Games, I hope to be able to participate in it next year,” he said. For the Ryder Cup, I hope the season has started again by then. For the moment, there is still a chance that it will go as planned! “