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Perez eyeing Ryder Cup debut as he looks to secure his spot among Europe’s elite

Frenchman Victor Perez is all smiles because he is the best golfer in Scotland – and his girlfriend is his dentist.

And the Dundee-based star is braced for a brilliant year as he bids to cement his place in Europe’s top 12 and make his Ryder Cup debut in September.

The word No.29 reached the semi-finals of last month’s WGC- Dell Technologies Match Play – beating Scotland’s official No.1 Bob MacIntyre and Sergio Garcia on the way.

“It would need Usain Bolt to come in and beat him to the team now!” said captain Padraig Harrington.

Perez, who was at the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National as a spectator,, has raced up the rankings since moving to Scotland to live in the City of Discovery to be with his girlfriend – and newly qualified dentist – Abigail Gliksten.

Victor Perez was the top European at last month’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play after reaching the semi-finals

“The best thing is how much passion people have for golf,” he said. “I think golf is completely part of the culture and people are excited about it and supportive of it and I think it has helped me improve as a golfer.

“The worst part is that the weather can be a little bit against our will sometimes. But it is part of the deal.”

Perez has shown he is the real deal since winning his first European Tour event – the Dunhill Links Championship – just over the Tay Bridge at St Andrews in September 2019. “It gave me the belief that I could do it and you feel like you belong,” he said.

With Rory McIlroy’s former caddie JP Fitzgerald on his bag, he finished tied ninth at The Players Championship and his fellow Frenchman Thomas Levet as identified him as a potential Major winner.

Thomas Levet (pic:Getty)
Fellow Frenchman Thomas Levet played for Europe in the 2004 Ryder Cup

Perez said: “Certainly success in the Majors is a goal for every golfer who gets the chance to compete in them, and like all the players, of course I want to do well. Golf is a bit different in that if you get too consumed by results, you can lose sight of the small things that actually contribute to your performance. So I would say yes, of course I’m aiming to do well in the Majors, but I also know, that I give myself the best chance of success by continuing to focus on the things I do on a daily basis and let the results come to me as opposed to pushing too hard or forcing anything.”

Europe captain Padraig Harrington expects Victor Perez to be part of his European team this September

Perez and Sydney-born Gliksten have yet to decide where to settle in the future. “We are trying to figure out what is best for the both of us,” he said. “She has just graduated and is working full time.

“She is my dentist. It is fine. She is in her first year and is under the supervision of her trainer and her trainer is doing the work. I have never had problems with dentists – it is all fun and games.”




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