Dubuisson brings some 'je ne sais quoi' to Ryder Cup week

Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:47am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Enigmatic French rookie Victor Dubuisson has already brought a sense of 'je ne sais quoi' to this week's Ryder Cup countdown -- and it applies as much to his European team mates as it does to everyone else.

Dubuisson was catapulted on to the world stage after eclipsing the likes of Tiger Woods and Justin Rose to land his first European Tour victory at the Turkish Airlines Open in November.

The 24-year-old has continued to feature prominently on leaderboards in the U.S. and Europe since then but he rarely gives interviews and is regarded as something of a loner.

Asked by reporters on Tuesday about his early impressions of Dubuisson in the team room this week, former world number one Lee Westwood smiled before replying: "It's very difficult to know what to make of Victor.

"He's quite shy. He's quite unpredictable."

World number five Henrik Stenson said the 40th Ryder Cup match against the United States would represent something of a learning process for Dubuisson and the rest of the European side.

"Whenever there is someone who has not played many years on tour and you might not know from before, this week is really a week that gives you that opportunity," said the experienced Swede.

"You always feel a slightly stronger bond with the players you've played together with in an event like this so I'm sure we'll get to know him a bit more.   Continued...

European Ryder Cup player Victor Dubuisson watches his tee shot on the first hole during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Toby Melville