Perez wins in Abu Dhabi for the 3rd and biggest title of his career

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Victor Perez swept the Abu Dhabi Championship by a stroke on Sunday for the third and biggest European tour title of his career, with the Frenchman’s 6-under-66 topped by a bunker in the final round. drawn at number 17.

Perez was leading by one when he hit his tee shot to the short 17th hole and drove into a greenside bunker. His second shot went about 10 feet past the cut and misfired, causing Perez to jump out of the sand and hit his caddy in the chest.

A bogey at the end – as he went into a bunker and nearly hit his second shot in the water – was enough for Perez, 30, to claim a $1.53 million winning check in one of the top events of the year. tour and increase his chances of playing for Europe at this year’s Ryder Cup outside Rome.

His previous victories on the tour were at the Dunhill Links Championship in 2019 and the Dutch Open in May last year.

Perez finished 18 under par for the tournament, with Sebastian Soderberg (67) and Min Woo Lee (68) tied for second place.

Lee nearly forced a playoff in dramatic fashion when his third shot on the par-5 18th rolled back and nearly cupped for the Eagle.

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