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Victor Perez Wins Maiden Rolex Series Event At Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Victor Perez Wins Maiden Rolex Series Event At Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

In an action-packed final round, it was France’s Victor Perez who emerged victorious in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (opens in new tab) at Yas Links, making it three wins on the DP World Tour and his first in a Rolex Series event.

His last win came at the Dutch Open in May last year (opens in new tab) and Perez will welcome that winning feeling again as he finished the tournament at 18-under, just one shot ahead of Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg and Australia’s Min Woo Lee, who almost tied the lead on the 18th as he saw his outstanding pitch fall inches wide of the hole.

Speaking after his victory, Perez stated: “I got off to a good start and was just focusing on me and tried to do the best I can cause I knew, you know, you can’t control what everybody else is doing. I was just trying to like, plot along and Seb played fantastic and he always was right there, he never gave me an opening and yeah, I’m just delighted to finish on top. It was a crazy finish but I feel like I’m used to that now. Hopefully I can make it a little easier for the next one.”

Perez holds the trophy

Perez celebrates his first Rolex Series title

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Perez began the third round one shot off the leaders, but a four-under front nine propelled him into contention before a birdie-birdie start on the back nine gave him the lead. However, it all changed on the 14th when a bogey for Perez offered hope to the chasing pack.


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