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May 30th, 2022

Playoff victory for Perez at Dutch Open

Frenchman defeats Ryan Fox at fourth extra hole

Victor Perez put on an incredible display of clutch putting to defeat Ryan Fox in a play-off and win his second DP World Tour title at the 2022 Dutch Open.

The Frenchman entered the day in a share of the lead but was three shots back standing on the 17th tee as the in-form Fox put on an impressive display.
However, a double-bogey on the last from the Kiwi saw him sign for a four-under-par 68 and leave the door ajar. Perez having birdied the penultimate hole headed down the par-five 18th in a share of the lead.
The 29-year-old had a six foot putt to take the title on the final green but missed it to stay at thirteen-under after a three-under 69 and the pair headed to extra holes. It was the third playoff in the last five events on the DP World Tour.

A 20-footer kept Perez in it as both men made a birdie on the first trip back up the 18th and after a pair of pars at the second attempt, he made another lengthy putt to extend the playoff. But he was not done there, holing from over 40 feet at the 17th on the fourth play-off hole to seal victory with a birdie.
"There was a fair amount of fortune, I've got to be honest with myself, holing out those long putts in the play-off," said Perez.
"It's kind of hard to put into words because it was such a long day and Ryan was off and flying for a while.
"I just tried to focus on me all day, that's all I can do, is try to keep a champion mindset and hit good shot after good shot."

Perez also earns himself a spot at The 150th Open Championship this summer alongside Fox and Pole Adrian Meronk, with the top three players in the top ten not exempt heading to St Andrews.
Meronk finished a shot out of the play-off after a four-under 68, which include a quite incredible up and down from the water at the short 8th hole, a score matched by German Marcel Schneider who finished at eleven-under.

Swede Sebastian Soderberg and England's Matt Wallace were at ten under, two shots ahead of another Swede, Alexander Björk and Portugal's Ricardo Gouveia.

TAGS: DP World Tour, Dutch Open, Victor Perez, Ryan Fox, Adrian Meronk, 2022