Dubuisson takes solo lead after 63; leads by 5
PHOTOS: Turkish Open fashion
Take a look at some fashion from the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya, Turkey at Montgomerie Maxx Royal.
ANTALYA, Turkey – Frenchman Victor Dubuisson separated himself from the field shooting a 9-under 63 in the third-round of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal.
Dubuisson, the 2009 European Amateur champion, was tied for the lead with four others after Friday's second round at 12 under and was truly one of the others with both Henirk Stenson and Ian Poulter taking the spotlight as co-leaders.
Now the 23-year-old, who has been on a few leaderboards in the past since turning professional in 2010, has put the spotlight squarely on himself and his ability to get it done in Sunday’s final round standing at 21 under, a five-shot lead over Poulter, who is alone at 16-under. He leads by six shots over Stenson, World No. 1 Tiger Woods, Spain’s Alejandro Canizares and countryman Raphael Jacquelin, who shot a course record 10-under, 62 on Saturday.
“I know tomorrow Tiger and Henrik, they will shoot very low score, so I have to keep the same strategy” Dubuisson said about Sunday. “But with all these great players, tomorrow it will be a very tough day.”
Even though he drove the par-4, 15th green, which measures 308 yards, Dubuisson’s strategy is to keep the ball in play as much as possible, but admits that when he’s under pressure the adrenaline kicks in and he can hit the ball very far as he did numerous times in the third round.
“The advantage he got on this golf course is he hits it so far,” Poulter, one of Dubuisson’s playing competitors on Saturday. “So those par5s are very, very short. He’s going in with mid-irons.”
At one-shot back, the Englishman will need to play extremely well and see if Dubuisson shows any cracks in his game.
“If I play great and put pressure on him, then we’ll have to wait and see,” Poulter said. “He’s got a five-shot lead, if he makes half the birdies he had today, then he’s going to be tough to beat obviously.”
Tiger Woods showed rust at times on Saturday, but also showed the brilliance he has been know for his entire career.
Turning the front-nine in 3-under 32, Woods was solid and put the ball where he wanted, just missing putts on the slow and very undulating greens at The Montgomerie Maxx Resort course.
It was the back nine when Woods lost his swing a bit, losing shots far right and continually trying to recover, in some cases with terrific results.
“I struggled all day with my swing a little bit," Woods said of his 4-under 68. “I was getting away with it on the front nine a little bit … But I wasn’t really playing well and it caught up with me on the back nine.”
Woods made four birdies and three bogeys over the final nine holes, but the birdie at the par-5, 11th came after hitting a tree with his follow through stinging his right hand, making both his arm and hand tender, but still making birdie.
“I smoked it on something,” Woods said afterwards. “I don’t know what I hit, but I hit something hard.”
If the 11th was impressive, the finish at the 18th hole was Houdini-like. Woods hit his tee shot so far right he had to hit a provisional for fear he would not find it, but he did and was able to wedge out and then after a free drop from the cross walk, Woods hit another wedge to 20 feet and made the putt up and over a ridge for an improbable birdie.
“Just got to hang in there,” Woods said of his six-shot deficit. “Just got to keep fighting. I’m not out of the tournament. Got to keep fighting and that’s the way I’ve always played.”