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Victor Dubuisson

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/22/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 163

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Victor Dubuisson's bid for Nedbank Golf Challenge glory at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City came up short after a final round of 2-under-par 34-36=70 left him solo third and two shots short of Branden Grace's total on 9-under 279.
For 13 holes the Frenchman's pre-round lead was secure, if constantly tested by playing partner Grace and eventual runner-up Scott Jamieson. He posted ten pars and birdies at 1, 6 and 10. The turning point, however, was the par-5 14th. Grace found the putting surface in two, made birdie; Jamieson got up and down from 207 yards for birdie; Dubuisson found sand with his approach, could only manage par; it was now a three-way tie for the lead. At the next he dropped a shot and on 16 Grace made another birdie. The Frenchman parred his way home for a third top four finish in the tournament in as many years. The check lift him to 38th in the Race to Dubai rankings. Nov 12 - 9:33 AM

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Victor Dubuisson heads into the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge alone in second after a third lap of 1-under-par 36-35=71 at the Gary Player Country Club, just one swing back of leader Scott Jamieson.

The Frenchman held the 36-hole lead, but failed to quite reach the heights of those first two circuits. Yet he never quit and consequently retains every chance of finding a third career win (all of them have come in November). The tone was set early: Birdie at the first (from 6'0" after visiting the trees from the tee), bogey to follow at three. There was another par breaker at four, the shot was given back at eight to turn level to the card. He did it yet again soon after: ticking 10, crossing 11. Birdie-4 at the 601-yard par-5 14th got him within one of the leader and he'll look to rediscover the magic of earlier in the week. "I played as good as the first two rounds," he suggested afterwards. "But the problem was I had a lot of tricky, downhill putts and I couldn't really go for it, missed a few opportunities."
Nov 11 - 9:26 AM

Victor Dubuisson leads the Nedbank Golf Challenge heading into the weekend, despite a minor hiccup at the last; his second round 2-under-par 34-36=70 was completed either side of a three hour delay for, first, the threat of lightning, and then heavy rain; he holds a two-shot advantage over Darren Fichardt and Lee Westwood on 6-under 138 at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.

The 27-year-old is seeking not only a third European Tour win, but also a big boost to his hopes of representing Europe in the 2018 Ryder Cup. On a difficult day when wind swept across the course in multiple directions, Dubuisson played as well as anybody in the field. He smoothed two front nine birdies at 4 and 6 (the former a 15'0" double-breaker, the latter from fully 30'0"), and a pair on the back nine at 10 and 15, with two dropped shots at 11 and 18. That final par breaker was earned with a fine approach at the 471-yard par-4 to 6'0" shortly before the hooter called a halt to play. He's certainly a player who enjoys the Fall: He has 11 top fives in 116 starts from December to August and 12 in 44 during September, October and November (both his wins came in the 11th month). T4 and T3 in the last two years at this tournament he posted weekend rounds of 68-68 and 69-68 to do so.
Nov 10 - 11:47 AM

Victor Dubuisson often finds his best golf late in the season and he showed it again with a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in round one of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, good enough for the early clubhouse lead. UPDATE: Dubuisson ended R1 in T2 and just one behind leader Bernd Wiesberger

The Frenchman's two European Tour wins have come in November and he's finished third and fourth in the last two editions of this event. He's on track for another title push after a lap of Gary Player Country Club that featured five birdies against a single bogey. Starting from 10th tee, Dubuisson opened with three pars before scoring back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14. He gave one back at the par-3 16th but responded with a trio of red circles at 18, 1 and 2. Coming in, he held it together with seven straight pars to sign for a 68 and match his best 18 at the course (he'd achieved that score three times before). The former Ryder Cup is 73rd on the Race to Dubai so has huge incentive to play his way into the top 60 who contest next week's season closer in Dubai. "I played very well today. I kept the ball in the fairway. That was the key," he said.
Nov 9 - 7:26 AM

Tournament expert Victor Dubuisson returns to the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in South Africa this week.

The Frenchman has never failed to thrive in Sun City. On debut in 2013 he was a solid T20 but failed to break 70. Two years later he hadn't gone sub-70 pre-weekend but ended the week 68-68 to post T4. A year later he had three rounds in the 60s as he registered T3, only a second lap 75 tripping him up. He was fifth for Total Putting in 2015 and led the Ball-Striking stats last year so all facets work on the Black Knight design. He was an impressive T3 in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship but a flat T35 in last week's Turkish Airlines Open. As always his motivation is difficult to discern.
Nov 7 - 11:36 AM

Victor Dubuisson thrashed a magnificent 9-under-par 29-34=63 to complete a 17-under total of 271 and finish third in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the Old Course, St. Andrews.

The Frenchman got off to an electric start as he torched the front nine in perfect scoring conditions. The enigmatic Gallic star ticked the second and third holes before hitting the turn with no less than five straight par breakers at 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. The pre-round leader Tyrrell Hatton was always in the distance but that didn’t stop him eating up his opposition in the pack. Further birdies came at 11, 14 and 15 before he dropped his only shot of the day at 16. He safely made his par at the 17th but failed to make the most of the short par-4 18th. "The only regrets I have is I started to think about the 59 on 16 and I had a bad 3-putt," he said afterwards. "But with all the putts I made today, it's amazing."
Oct 8 - 1:17 PM

After shooting four rounds in the 60s for the first time since capturing the 2015 Turkish Airlines Open, Victor Dubuisson takes his talents to Close House GC in England for this year's British Masters.

The enigmatic Frenchman has tested the patience of gamers to the limit this season but after a flicker of form with T31 at August's Made In Denmark, he shot 68-68-69-67 for T12 in last week's Portugal Masters. What's more, it was hardly a case of smoke and mirrors as he ranked 1st on the All-Around stats, hitting 81.9% of greens in regulation. Do we trust him to perform well again? Anything could happen but Dubuisson has said he's at his best when stringing a run of tournaments together and, traditionally, he's done well in the latter part of the season. He withdrew from the 2016 British Masters which acts as a warning of what could go wrong but he's certainly capable of offering big reward this week.
Sep 26 - 7:54 AM

Victor Dubuisson is set to tee it up in the Portugal Masters on the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course at Vilamoura this week.

The Frenchman has long since ceased to be a simple riddle, or even a riddle within an enigma. He makes a habit of turning up late to tournaments and sometimes, of course, not turning up at all. He’s one reason the second and third reserves must a) have hope, and b) be driven to distraction. Last week Dubuisson failed to arrive at the KLM Open due to travel difficulties. Granted high wind caused flight problems, but it’s can’t be long before he cites the dog eating his passport. He closed last season with two lucrative top fives after an enigmatic campaign, perhaps this year would see a concerted effort? Instead he’s 5-for-12, with two withdrawals (once the event has started as opposed to before), and just one top 20 (T4 Trophee Hassan II). You hope he’s just wilfully awkward and that it’s not greater demons he’s fighting. Hit three 67s to finish T17 here in 2013 and (you guessed it) withdrew 12 months earlier.
Sep 19 - 10:17 AM

Victor Dubuisson will make his first appearance at the KLM Open in the Netherlands since 2012 and has a new course to take on.

The Frenchman posted T12 (2011) and T58 (2012) at Hilversumsche before leaving the event off his schedule. He returns this week to try his luck on The Dutch, an inland sub-7000 yard layout with a links feel. An in-form Dubuisson would be a good fit given his strong iron play and ability to perform in the wind but there's no getting away from the fact that he's enduring a poor season. The former Ryder Cup star is languishing at 118th on the Race to Dubai and has cashed in just five of his 12 starts. A T31 in the Made In Denmark three weeks ago does offer some signs of hope but he suffered another missed cut in last week's Omega European Masters so remains a risky play.
Sep 13 - 3:18 AM

Victor Dubuisson crafted a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening lap at the Made In Denmark at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, coming to rest just two shots behind clubhouse leader Wade Ormsby.

That 66 shaves three shots off his lowest round of a hugely disappointing year although he's only made 10 starts and four laps of 70 or higher were enough to give him a fourth place in the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. The former Ryder Cup star hinted that he might be in a good place again when going bogey free in a win over Bradley Dredge in last week's Paul Lawrie Match Play although a second-round exit meant he couldn't get up a head of steam. He's in position to do that here after his opening 18 which featured five birdies and 13 pars. Dubuisson set the tone with a par breaker at the first hole and then picked off further birdies on the par 5s at 4, 7 and 11. He added a final red number at 14 and rounded off with four pars to complete a fine day's work.
Aug 24 - 11:01 AM

Victor Dubuisson went bogey-free in dumping Bradley Dredge 3-and-2 in round one of the Paul Lawrie Match Play at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Bavaria.

There is much work to be done, but this is a good sign for the Frenchman who has played the weekend just three times in nine attempts this season – a record that includes four missed cuts and two withdrawals. He took early control of the match with par breakers at No. 1 and No. 3. Dredge got a hole back with a winning birdie at the eighth, but Dubuisson made hay on the long holes on the back nine. A birdie-4 at the 10th restored his 2-up lead, an eagle-3 at the 12th extended it and, after Dredge pulled one back with a birdie at 14, Dubuisson closed out with a birdie-4 at No. 16. He will play Alexander Knappe in the second round.
Aug 17 - 11:32 AM

Victor Dubuisson takes his unpredictable talents to Dundonald Links in Ayrshire this week for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

The former Ryder Cup star should have fond memories of Scotland having been part of Europe's winning team at Gleneagles in 2014. His career has rather stalled since and, having peaked at 15th in the world rankings, he's now 139th after missed cuts at his home Open de France and the Irish Open on his last two starts. Prior to that, Dubuisson was T24 at Wentworth and T4 in April's Trophee Hassan II so there are still flashes of good golf and in two of his last three appearances at the Scottish Open he's posted T10 at Gullane in 2015 and T17 at Castle Stuart in 2013. He was also T5 in the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The Frenchman is a risky play but can offer plenty of upside.
Jul 12 - 5:15 AM

After returning to the European Tour with T4 in last week's Trophee Hassan II, Victor Dubuisson jets off to China to peg it up in the Shenzhen International at Genzon GC.

The Frenchman tends to play his best golf when the engine has been running for a few weeks so his strong display in Morocco was a slight surprise even though pure talent suggested he should be a contender. It can be dangerous to use too much logic with Dubuisson but history suggests another big week could follow and he's had some notable performances in this part of the world with back-to-back top four finishes in the 2012 and 2013 China Opens. Also T17 in the BMW Masters, his one start at Genzon resulted in a WD following an opening 71. Make of that what you will but there are certainly some decent grounds for managers taking a chance on the former Ryder Cup star this week.
Apr 19 - 4:13 AM

Victor Dubuisson’s enigmatic season has continued with T4 in the Trophee Hassan II after a fourth round of 3-under-par 34-36=70 left him on 6-under 286 at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

The Frenchman is rarely predictable. He closed the 2016 season with two withdrawals and two top four finishes in his final five starts and 2017 has been more of the same. He missed the cut in the Dubai Desert Classic, withdrew after 18 holes of the Maybank Championship, then rocked up in Rabat and ticked off a top five finish almost without anyone noticing. He had pegged four consecutive birdies early in his third round, but then dropped four shots in the next six holes. On Sunday he was less remiss. He made two birdies on the front nine (at 1 and 8), two more on the back (at 12 and 18), with just the one dropped shot (at 15). This week as an improvement on his last visit to Morocco in 2012, when he missed the cut.
Apr 16 - 1:17 PM

The bookmakers don't rate his chances but Victor Dubuisson has much in his favor at this week's Maybank Championship hosted by the Saujana G&CC in Kuala Lumpur.

The Frenchman made his seasonal debut last week in the Dubai Desert Classic and after opening with a level-par 72 he struggled to 75 in the high wind of Friday morning. It wasn't a disastrous effort by any means. Prior to that we had seen him back to near his best at the end of last season, when T3 in the Nedbank Challenge and then T4 in the DP World Tour Championship. That's really good form. Moreover his only two visits to KL have reaped T11 and T4 in the 2012 and 2013 Malaysian Opens. With form on grainy greens, tree-lined courses and humid venues, including a combination of all three, he's got it in him to be a force this week.
Feb 7 - 7:08 AM