Alfred Dunhill Links Championship R4

Perez claims maiden title at Home of Golf

September 26-29
St Andrews Old Course, Kingsbarns Golf Links & Carnoustie Golf Links
$5,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Victor Perez claimed his maiden European Tour title as the Frenchman became the first rookie to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews Old Course just 15 miles from the place he currently calls home, Dundee.

Alfred Dunhill Links R4 - Perez claims maiden title
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“It’s really hard to describe right now. I feel like the emotions were really high all day, and really cold, windy, long day out there. I felt like I was able to battle. Matt played amazing. I was expecting some of the guys to charge, and we were fortunate in a it was a one-on-one battle on the back nine and was able to make that birdie on 14 that really pulled me back, and then just held strong till the end. I was fortunate it was my time today.

“The format is awesome. I think it’s a chance for the amateurs to see from inside the ropes and connect with the players, which is something that they strive and they love to do and chat with us and ask what clubs we hit and why and all these kind of questions. I think it’s really cool that we can give back those people, as well.

“Obviously there’s nothing like a win. The confidence that you get from getting it done, it’s so difficult at this level to win. Being my first year, I’m obviously delighted.”

It was a tense battle throughout as the 27-year-old locked horns with his playing partner Matthew Southgate, having both shared a two-stroke lead heading into the final day. Perez was one stroke behind the Englishman heading into the back nine despite a flawless two under front nine.

A dropped shot at the par three 11th meant he dropped further off the pace but a birdie at the par five 14th for the 2018 European Challenge Tour graduate, and a bogey for Southgate, meant a two-shot swing had them level going down the stretch.

Southgate’s missed par putt at the 17th was decisive as Perez edged ahead and two pars at the famous final hole at the Home of Golf earned Perez – who lives in Dundee with his partner Abigail – a career-changing victory as he moved to 17th in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

“After the birdie on 14, getting tied for the lead, playing 15, I just tried to still give myself chances. You always expect these guys at this level to make birdies and you have to stay aggressive. I think when Matt hit his drive down 16, well, there you have it. This is what these guys do. They come in there and give themselves chances. I hit a great drive to 17 that really settled me and a great iron shot that I thought hit it close. Going down the last with a one-shot lead is all you can ask for.

Southgate could console himself with an important outright second place finish which secures his European Tour card for 2020 season after a disappointing season up to this point. Tommy Fleetwood, meanwhile, won the team prize in the unique Pro-Am event alongside partner Ogden Phipps II, pipping Rory McIlroy and his father Gerry to the title.


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Safeway Open R3

Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Victor Perez
FRA
-22
64
68
64
70
266
2
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-21
65
66
65
71
267
T3
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-20
69
62
68
69
268
T3
Paul Waring
ENG
-20
65
68
65
70
268
T5
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-19
66
69
70
64
269
T5
Tom Lewis
ENG
-19
70
70
65
64
269
T5
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-19
66
64
71
68
269
T5
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-19
70
65
66
68
269
T5
Jordan Smith
ENG
-19
64
68
68
69
269
T10
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-18
72
68
63
67
270
T10
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-18
65
67
70
68
270
T10
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-18
68
65
67
70
270
T10
Luke Donald
ENG
-18
68
68
64
70
270
T10
Tony Finau
USA
-18
67
66
66
71
270
T15
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-17
70
66
68
67
271
T15
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-17
68
65
72
66
271
T15
Shane Lowry
IRL
-17
73
66
64
68
271
T15
Harry Hall
ENG
-17
70
68
68
65
271
T15
Alexander Noren
SWE
-17
69
66
68
68
271
T15
Matt Wallace
ENG
-17
70
68
68
65
271
T15
Russell Knox
SCO
-17
66
66
70
69
271
T15
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-17
66
68
67
70
271
T23
Thomas Detry
BEL
-16
72
69
63
68
272
T23
Haotong Li
CHN
-16
71
68
64
69
272
T23
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-16
67
68
66
71
272
T26
Danny Willett
ENG
-15
72
66
66
69
273
T26
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-15
68
67
70
68
273
T26
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-15
69
67
67
70
273
T26
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-15
69
68
66
70
273
T26
Zander Lombard
RSA
-15
67
68
71
67
273
T26
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-15
71
66
66
70
273
T26
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-15
70
66
70
67
273
T26
Calum Hill
SCO
-15
66
65
70
72
273
T34
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-14
67
70
67
70
274
T34
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-14
71
64
69
70
274
T34
Justin Rose
ENG
-14
68
64
70
72
274
T34
Dean Burmester
RSA
-14
73
68
66
67
274
T34
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-14
72
67
68
67
274
T34
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-14
72
67
68
67
274
T40
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-13
70
67
67
71
275
T40
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-13
66
70
70
69
275
T40
John Catlin
USA
-13
72
65
69
69
275
T40
Joost Luiten
NED
-13
69
67
71
68
275
T40
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-13
68
69
70
68
275
T40
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-13
65
68
74
68
275
T46
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-12
73
64
67
72
276
T46
Wil Besseling
NED
-12
68
67
71
70
276
T46
David Horsey
ENG
-12
68
67
72
69
276
T46
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-12
69
66
72
69
276
T46
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-12
66
71
70
69
276
T46
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-12
68
71
68
69
276
T52
Johannes Veerman
USA
-11
72
63
70
72
277
T52
Lee Slattery
ENG
-11
68
66
72
71
277
T54
Ryan Fox
NZL
-10
64
68
73
73
278
T54
Aaron Rai
ENG
-10
68
66
69
75
278
T56
Grant Forrest
SCO
-7
72
70
65
74
281
T56
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-7
69
69
69
74
281
T58
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-6
69
68
68
77
282
T58
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-6
70
70
66
76
282
60
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-4
69
69
67
79
284
CUT
David Law
SCO
-8
68
72
68
208
CUT
Euan Walker
SCO
-8
68
70
70
208
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
-8
66
72
70
208
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-8
70
67
71
208
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-8
71
69
68
208
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
-8
63
71
74
208
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
-8
69
69
70
208
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-8
70
70
68
208
CUT
Neil Schietekat
RSA
-8
69
67
72
208
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-8
69
69
70
208
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
-8
69
66
73
208
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
-8
70
73
65
208
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-8
71
68
69
208
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
-8
75
65
68
208
CUT
Bryce Easton
RSA
-7
72
66
71
209
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-7
67
74
68
209
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
-7
73
64
72
209
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-7
68
75
66
209
CUT
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
-7
65
77
67
209
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
-7
70
71
68
209
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
-7
69
71
69
209
CUT
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-7
70
68
71
209
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-7
69
75
65
209
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
-7
71
68
70
209
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
-7
70
67
72
209
CUT
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-7
74
65
70
209
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
-7
69
68
72
209
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
-6
68
70
72
210
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-6
70
74
66
210
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-6
65
68
77
210
CUT
Lee Westwood
ENG
-6
69
69
72
210
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
-6
66
71
73
210
CUT
Thriston Lawrence
RSA
-6
75
66
69
210
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-5
68
70
73
211
CUT
Alex Haindl
RSA
-5
68
71
72
211
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-5
72
71
68
211
CUT
Ernie Els
RSA
-5
70
72
69
211
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
-5
69
73
69
211
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-5
69
71
71
211
CUT
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-5
68
72
71
211
CUT
Keenan Davidse
RSA
-5
75
68
68
211
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-5
70
66
75
211
CUT
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-5
69
68
74
211
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-5
66
73
72
211
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-5
74
69
68
211
CUT
Branden Grace
RSA
-4
72
72
68
212
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
-4
69
69
74
212
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-4
77
71
64
212
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-4
69
68
75
212
CUT
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-4
72
70
70
212
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-4
70
70
72
212
CUT
Jon Rahm
ESP
-4
71
68
73
212
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
-4
68
74
70
212
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-4
71
72
69
212
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
-4
70
69
73
212
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
-4
66
73
73
212
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-4
69
74
69
212
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-4
68
71
73
212
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-3
70
72
71
213
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-3
72
71
70
213
CUT
Brandon Wu
USA
-3
71
66
76
213
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
68
70
75
213
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
-3
73
72
68
213
CUT
Jake Roos
RSA
-3
70
75
68
213
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-3
70
70
73
213
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-3
73
67
73
213
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
68
70
75
213
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
-3
70
75
68
213
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
72
68
73
213
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-3
70
71
72
213
CUT
Thomas Sloman
ENG
-3
74
69
70
213
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
64
74
76
214
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
-2
71
68
75
214
CUT
Daniel Hillier
NZL
-2
71
70
73
214
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
75
69
70
214
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-2
68
68
78
214
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-2
69
72
73
214
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
-2
72
70
72
214
CUT
Jarryd Felton
AUS
-2
71
69
74
214
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
-2
75
68
71
214
CUT
Michael Campbell
NZL
-2
75
72
67
214
CUT
Philip Eriksson
SWE
-2
76
67
71
214
CUT
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-2
71
69
74
214
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-2
73
69
72
214
CUT
Berry Henson
USA
-1
68
69
78
215
CUT
Callan O’Reilly
AUS
-1
68
73
74
215
CUT
Harrison Endycott
AUS
-1
69
74
72
215
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-1
70
73
72
215
CUT
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
-1
74
69
72
215
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-1
73
70
72
215
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-1
71
70
74
215
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
72
70
74
216
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
Par
74
69
73
216
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
Par
71
67
78
216
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
73
71
72
216
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
1
72
73
72
217
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
1
71
71
75
217
CUT
Simon Hawkes
AUS
1
74
69
74
217
CUT
D. A. Points
USA
2
69
75
74
218
CUT
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
3
71
71
77
219
CUT
David Howell
ENG
3
71
70
78
219
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
5
76
74
71
221
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
6
73
75
74
222
CUT
Jake Burnage
ENG
6
75
70
77
222
CUT
Michael Palmer
RSA
6
75
73
74
222
CUT
JC Ritchie
RSA
7
75
68
80
223
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
11
72
78
77
227
RET
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
Par
75
75