Swashbuckling Dubuisson aiming to be No 1 - Levet

Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:44pm EST
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Swashbuckling young French musketeer Victor Dubuisson has the weapons to win majors and become the world's number one golfer, according to fellow countryman and former Ryder Cup player Thomas Levet.

The 23-year-old Dubuisson lost to Australian Jason Day at the 23rd hole in Sunday's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship final in Arizona but not before conjuring some Houdini-like escapes from the desert scrub.

The Frenchman's ball was twice buried deep in cactus bushes during the extra holes and each time he chipped and putted to keep the match alive, prompting eight-times major winner Tom Watson to describe them as "two of the greatest up and downs I have ever seen".

"Victor lost in the final but the first thing he said after was that it was a step forward for him," his friend Levet told Reuters in a telephone interview while practicing in Florida.

"His goal isn't to win that event, he wants to win bigger things. He is a very ambitious guy, he is aiming really high.

"Victor's determination is second to none. He's very dedicated to the game and he wants to become the best player in the world," said the 45-year-old Levet who is part of the same management stable as Dubuisson.

"He is giving it everything he has and it's nice to see. He wants to reach the top, he dreams big and he's not afraid to say it."

The bearded Dubuisson first made the golfing world sit up and take notice by winning the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open in November, eclipsing the likes of world number one Tiger Woods and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose to claim his maiden European Tour title.   Continued...

Victor Dubuisson plays the 21st hole during the final round of the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports