First post-covid golf tournament, currently in the United States, with the Charles Schwab Challenge, in Texas. And first meeting with the world flagship circuit, the PGA, for the Tarbais Victor Perez, who, obviously short of form and golf at all, missed his baptism and did not manage to pass the cut to play this weekend.
He dreamed of this first PGA tournament, especially after his 90 days of diet! He dreamed of it, but the miracle did not happen. Tarbais Victor Perez suffered from the comparison with the world top, because if most of the American players could continue to train almost normally, it was not the same for Victor, confined three months in a Scottish apartment, and who had to settle for bodybuilding, jogging or cycling, leaving his clubs in his bag. But with the 40th player in the world, we still hoped …
Approximate long clearance
Golfers around the world, like everyone else, waited until they could finally resume an almost normal life. But only the best of them could claim to participate in this recovery tournament, in the United States, only sanctioned by the PGA. Be aware, 16 of the top 20 were there at Fort Worth, when usually this tournament was shunned by most!
On Thursday and Friday, for the first two rounds, Victor Perez was associated with two well-established sizes, the Americans Ryan Moore and Vaughn Taylor. Thanks to a still effective putting, he managed to limit breakage on the first day, with a +1 card (3 birdies for 4 bogeys). But his long game was causing him too many problems, whereas usually, that is his strong point.
And the next day, it got worse. Despite a great start that could make us believe in the feat (3 birdies on his first 4 holes), a very naughty triple bogey plunged him back into the second half of the ranking. With in addition a double bogey on the 11, a par 5 where his little game flew away … And on arrival, a +4 card which deprives him of the weekend.
A first tournament, and therefore a small disappointment, even if it was not the only cador to bite the dust: exit also Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia, Jason Day or Rickie Fowler …
But Victor Perez will be able to catch up next week, with a very big tournament in the field of players still as impressive, the RBC Heritage, in South Carolina. With an extra week of golf in his legs, he could still surprise us.
Ryder or not?
After the RBC next week, Victor Perez already has the certainty of being able to participate in the Memorial on July 16, the world championship on July 30 and the PGA Championship, first major of the year, on August 6. But he can also benefit from other invitations to the USA, by then, depending on his performance … As for his return to the European Tour, which will resume on July 22 in Newcastle, nothing has been decided for the moment . Everything will depend on his American campaign, knowing that the first big tournament is only scheduled for October.
Note also, if the first four PGA tournaments are held behind closed doors, the public, admittedly limited, should be present for the end of the season, if the sanitary conditions do not deteriorate, of course. As a result of this long-awaited decision, it is quite possible that the Ryder Cup will finally be maintained, at the end of September in Wisconsin, because it was unthinkable to imagine this great biennial meeting behind closed doors. And Victor still has some nice cards to start from the European team …