Dubuisson looking for his first Euro Tour victory
ANTALYA, Turkey – Not exactly how the third leg of the Final Series was drawn up with a quality field that was enhanced with Tiger Woods due to a large appearance fee.
Victor Dubuisson didn’t seem flustered after his third round doing the gauntlet of television, radio and written press.
He came off very soft spoken, measured in his words, likely due to English being his second language, but was clearly aware of how big the moment is, but doesn’t want to be overcome by it.
So where did this come from? Dubuisson’s best finish on the European Tour has been three third place finishes, the first at the 2012 Ballantine’s Championship in Korea, the 2013 Volvo China Open was next and then just over two month’s ago at the Omega European Masters.
The Frenchman said he spent a lot of time on his short game, which has improved over the last couple of month, but this week his additional work on his short game, is what he credits with helping him especially around the par5's to get up and down.
“Sometimes you turn a good up-and-down and birdie on the next hole,” Dubuisson said in explaining the importance of his short game this week. “You are supposed to make birdie, par, (but) you make birdie, birdie and that’s what I did today.”
Dubuisson has recorded 24 birdies over the first 54 holes and made only three bogeys – none in Saturday’s third round.
According to the European Tour stats for the week, Dubuisson has hit 48 of 54 greens in regulation and had a total of 88 putts, an average of 29 per round.
But maybe the most impressive feature of Dubuisson’s game may be his hidden length. When necessary, he can literally overpower the 7,100 yard Montgomerie Maxx Royal course as he did at will in Saturday’s third round driving the 308-yard 15th hole and making birdie on four of the five par5’s.
“I shot 10-under last year at St. Andrews for the course record,” Dubuisson said. “But it was the first round. But with this situation, it’s the best day I did since I turned pro.”
Now Dubuisson has to jump the last hurdles to win his first event as a professional after having his best round as a professional the day before, heady stuff at 23-year-old.