Victor Dubisson, at golf il est tres bon


He played some amazing golf. Victor Dubisson’s emotional second victory in the Turkish Airlines Open was one of the most wonderful things seen all year. His third shot from the trees at the 10th hole in the final round was played with such flamboyance and majesty it made me think that here is the successor to Seve Ballesteros. Until now we have never seen Seve’s like, but today from Victor there were breathtaking moments of brilliance.

Victor is, like Seve, an unpredictable player. He has always hit the ball long off the tee and had a special short game, but he came into the event with his confidence at an all time low. A move to play on the PGA Tour had not worked out and he returned to Europe needing to play well in these final four tournaments. He won in Antalya in 2013 and had a good Ryder Cup last year but said that he lost his confidence a few months ago when he was missing everything on the greens. His long game was still there, it was all about the putting.

He says he wants to give himself the chance to go back to America in a few years, but only if he lives over there. At the moment, returning to Europe and in particular back to Turkey where he won before, has helped restore his confidence. Today is putting was almost invincible and his short game was electric. The European Tour are delighted to have Victor back. He is a character who wears his heart on his sleeve, who provides a roller coaster experience of highs and lows. He had a large following at this event following his popular win two years ago, showing this is the kind of golf people want to watch. As he was sprayed with champagne on the final green I thought of the song the fans sang in his honour at the Ryder Cup last year.

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