Perez stays hot to lead former roommate Green in Saudi International

KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY (AFP) – Victor Perez followed his opening-round 65 with another on Friday to take a one-shot lead over his university roommate Gavin Green in the Saudi International.

Frenchman Perez, who won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship last year and came second in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship last month, moved to 10-under par at the halfway stage.

The 27-year-old’s University of New Mexico teammate Green, playing in the tougher afternoon session, followed his opening round 64 with a three-under par 67.

Perez started on the 10th and made four birdies in his first nine holes. He then traded two birdies with bogeys before draining a 20-footer birdie putt on the difficult par- four ninth.

“Very pleased with the second round,” said Perez. “I think it was important to keep the hammer down after an unexpected 65 in the wind yesterday. I think those were definitely the tougher conditions.

“This is the round where you have to try to take as much advantage as you can and put some points on the board, and obviously in a very good position for tomorrow.”

Malaysian Green found all 18 greens in regulation despite playing in the windy afternoon conditions. However, as in his opening round, he made two three-putts for bogeys.