Dizzying run puts Dubuisson among game's elite

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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A year ago, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson was one of several talented young players toiling away on the European Tour with almost no experience in golf's biggest events and still seeking his first victory on the circuit.

Within the past four months, however, Dubuisson has spectacularly broken free of those shackles, his maiden win at the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open in November opening virtually every door to him at the game's highest level.

In two months' time, the 23-year-old Cannes native will make his Masters debut at Augusta National and this week he is competing in his first elite World Golf Championships event, the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Tucson.

"I am really looking forward to the Match Play," Dubuisson, with his eyes lighting up, told Reuters. "It's a great event and I hope I do well because I've never played matchplay golf before.

"It's really exciting for me. Now I can play all the big events and the Match Play will be a great experience for me. Matchplay golf is such a different game and I'll enjoy the whole experience."

Dubuisson, a brilliant amateur who turned professional after he missed the cut at the 2010 British Open following his only major start so far, says his breakthrough victory in Turkey totally transformed his assurance as a golfer.

"It was a really great feeling and it changed my self-belief a lot," he recalled of his two-shot triumph in a strong field which included world number one Tiger Woods, his golfing idol, and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose.

"I proved to myself that I could win and now that I have played in some big tournaments, I feel so much more confident, especially when I'm in a difficult situation," added Dubuisson, who headed the world amateur rankings in 2009.   Continued...

 
Victor Dubuisson of France hits the ball on the 14th hole during the third round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai November 16, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah