Why Europe's newest golfing star swapped southern France for Dundee to boost his career – Scottish Daily Express

Victor Perez is hotly-tipped to play a part in this year’s Ryder Cup after his third DP World Tour victory – and he reckons he owes it all to his move to Scotland in 2017
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He is hotly-tipped to play a starring role in this year's Ryder Cup and has just bagged his third DP World Tour victory. And Victor Perez puts his success down to swapping the spectacular Pyrenees for the banks of the River Tay.
The 30-year-old golfer made the switch from his French home in 2017, opting to relocate to Dundee. Born in the small commence of Semeac near the Spanish border, Perez had shown promise on the Alps Tour and Challenge Tour.
But after his move to Scotland, he made it on to the European Tour, bagging his first win at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, close to his home. He picked up a second win last year at the Dutch Open.
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But it is his win at the weekend in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship that seems certain to open new doors for him. He saw off the challenge of Min Woo Lee and Sebastian Söderberg in the desert to lift the trophy and fire himself up the Ryder Cup rankings to second place.
In 2019, Perez put his Alfred Dunhill success down to his move. Explaining why he took the plunge, he said: "I’ve been in Dundee for a year and a half. There were a number of reasons why I came here. The culture of golf in Scotland should make almost every golfer want to come here.
"It’s great because the people here live golf and have so much passion for the game. You see people going to gas stations with a golf bag. You never see that in France.
"Golf is my life and I felt I needed to be around a culture that would cherish that, rather than being in France. I felt to perform in golf it was better to come here."
And on Sunday, he reiterated his happiness with Dundee. He said: "It's been fantastic.
"I've been living in Scotland six years and the UK golf culture really helps my game. People live, breathe golf in Scotland. They are always supportive and want to you do well. I think people have a great deal of respect for professional golfers, which is really rare nowadays, I would say.
“I think a lot of players will say, ‘oh, when I go to my club, I have people coming up to me asking me for pictures or sometimes a lesson and we're working’. Even as much as it's a hobby for them, we have to put our work in when we practise and I think Scottish people for that are fantastic. They are happy to watch you practice but they are not intrusive, and that's been great for me."
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