Haloed by a top 10 on the prestigious BMW PGA Championship of Wentworth during his last outing, Matthieu Pavon attacked the Cazoo Open de France with the final of the Race in his sights.
Golf Planète: You arrive in good shape at Le Golf National after your top 10 at Wentworth!
Matthew Pavon: It was a great tournament for me. After my -4 on the first day, I felt like I was hitting the ball really well. Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday evening and the atmosphere was heavy. But selfishly, I hope the tournament would go on because I felt good. I followed up well with a ninth place finish.
GP: How was the day on Friday without playing, with the uncertainty of the rest of the tournament?
deputy : Friday was a special day, but both managed it simply. Like the start of a tournament week. We just weren’t allowed to go to the golf facilities. I did sports, I got active and I acted as if the tournament was going to continue. Which it finally did.
(At the pro-am with in particular Henri Leconte)
GP: You are at the border of the European top 60 which qualifies for the final of the Race…
deputy : Can matter the classification, the goal of the game is to give the best of oneself on each tournament (Pavon is 63rd before the Cazoo Open de France, Ed.). Trying to grab that first win that I haven’t got yet. And give yourself a good chance to play the final of the Race to shine against the cream of European golf.
GP: Did you choose not to play last week to recharge the batteries?
deputy : I preferred not to go to Italy last week because I have had a son for four months and I was in the tournament for four weeks. I felt the need to recharge my batteries as a family with my four-month-old son. It was well planned before Wentorth. In addition I decided to play the Dunhill, in Madrid and in Valderrama.
LIV is good for PGA Tour and DP World Tour
GP: You are caddyed by Sébastien Clément, one of the most experienced French cadets on the circuit!
deputy : This is our first collaboration with Sebastien Clement this week since I separated from my younger brother after Wentworth. We have known each other since 2017 and we like each other. But this is the first time he’s going to caddy me.
GP: What do you think of the dissident LIV circuit?
deputy : I have no particular opinion on the LIV. I just wish players from the Challenge Tour had a better chance of playing at Wentworth instead of American headliners playing for LIV. However, I remain convinced that the LIV is a good thing for the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour. It can make things happen. It has to serve positively and we don’t stop shooting each other in the leg.
(Picture Golf Planet)