Dec 10th, 2020
Perez on top in Dubai
Frenchman leads by one at DP World Tour Championship
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The 28-year-old has already enjoyed two runner-up finishes in Rolex Series events this year, with a top 15 result in the other, helping him to his current position in sixth spot in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.
Perez has one European Tour victory under his belt after claiming last year’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and he is in the driving seat for a second victory and a maiden Rolex Series win after carding six birdies on the way to a five under par 67 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
"As always on these tough courses, tough pins today, they really put up a good setup with some of the pins, three or four from the edges. JP has been here a few times and he still didn't see some of them," said Perez.
"It was just about holing a few good putts, driving the ball well, doing everything fairly well but obviously making a few putts, which you need those type of days."
Robert MacIntyre, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Erik van Rooyen share second spot on four under par, while two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer, three-time Rolex Series winner Tyrrell Hatton and 2017 Race to Dubai Champion Tommy Fleetwood are joined by young Finnish star Sami Välimäki on three under.