Dubuisson too good for Woods and company in Turkey

Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:53am EST
 
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By Tony Jimenez

BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) - Little-known Frenchman Victor Dubuisson showed no signs of stage fright as an exemplary exhibition of front-running earned him his maiden European Tour win at the inaugural $7 million Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday.

The 23-year-old started the final 18 holes with a five-shot lead and plotted his way carefully round the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course to finish with a three-under-par 69 and a 24-under aggregate of 264.

Britain's Jamie Donaldson, helped by a hole-in-one at the par-three 16th, was two strokes adrift in second spot after a dazzling nine-under 63.

World number one Tiger Woods (67) never really threatened and had to be content with a share of third place on 268 with U.S. Open champion Justin Rose (65) in the penultimate event of the European season.

Dubuisson grinned like a Cheshire Cat at the presentation ceremony and was almost lost for words after picking up the first prize of 848,930 euros ($1.13 million), the biggest payday of his fledgling career.

"I wanted to cry there on the 18th green," he said after being doused with champagne by a posse of his fellow French players.

"I don't really know what's happening right now. I was so busy concentrating on my game that it hasn't sunk in that I've won such a big event. I'm just so happy."

Dubuisson was a model of consistency early on, reeling off nine straight pars before picking up his first shot of the day at the 10th.   Continued...

 
Victor Dubuisson of France looks at his putt on the fifth green during the final round of the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open in the southwest city of Antalya November 10, 2013. REUTERS/Umit Bektas