Losing finalist Dubuisson makes big PGA Tour splash

Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:57pm EST
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(Reuters) - Three months after bursting into the limelight with his maiden victory on the European Tour, Victor Dubuisson elevated his profile on the PGA Tour in spectacular fashion Sunday at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Despite never having played matchplay golf until this week's elite event in Marana, Arizona, the 23-year-old Frenchman produced several moments of magic, along with a bucketful of birdies, as he stormed through to Sunday's final.

Though bitterly disappointed after losing one down to Australian Jason Day in a marathon title match that lasted 23 holes at Dove Mountain, Dubuisson had much to be proud of after making only his fifth start on the U.S. circuit.

"I'm happy but, at the same time, disappointed because this afternoon I didn't play very well," the Cannes native told reporters after a birdie by Day at the 23rd hole, the driveable par-four 15th, ended the match.

"I just battled, especially the back nine. And at the end, I really battled hard because I wanted to take a chance, at least try to take my chance.

"I've learned that my nerves, my mental approach, can be very solid in a difficult situation. I've learned that anything can happen. I did well this week and I had some good nerve against my opponent. I know what I have to do now to improve."

Dubuisson, who in November won the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open where Tiger Woods and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose were also in the field, conjured two spectacular recovery shots on Sunday that fans watching will never forget.

On the 19th hole, the par-four first, he got up and down to save par from desert scrub over the back right of the green, hitting his third shot from behind a cactus, via sand, rocks and a television cable strung in front of him, to four feet.

WRY SMILE   Continued...

Feb 23, 2014; Marana, AZ, USA; Victor Dubuisson reacts after his putt on the 21st hole after winning the final round of the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports