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Sunday, November 10, 2013

doo-bwee-SOHN: Remember the Name!

At the time I'm writing this, the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open hasn't begun. Victor Dubuisson, the 23-year-old Frenchman who's leading Ian Poulter by 5 strokes and Tiger & Friends by 6 strokes, has a big opportunity ahead of him.

Victor Dubuisson

GC commentators Brandel Chamblee and Aaron Oberholser have both said they don't think Victor can get it done. I doubt that they're alone in that thought. Even with a 5-shot lead, it's going to be a challenge to beat Poulter, Woods, Stenson, and all the other big names chasing him.

But I'm going out on a limb here. I think he gets it done.

Back in June 2011 I did a post about the PowerPlay Golf tournament. If you've forgotten what PowerPlay Golf is, I'm not surprised. Apparently everybody else has as well, as I haven't heard anymore about the format. You can check out that post if you want to know about it. However, at the end of the post I wrote the following.
And just as a sidenote, keep your eyes on Victor Dubuisson. He's a French rookie on the ET. He finished solo 5th in this tournament and he's got some serious game. Once he acclimates a bit more to Tour life, he could become an outstanding player.
In the time since then, Victor has gradually continued his improvement. He had won the 2009 European Amateur and was the #1 ranked amateur that year. He then got his 2011 European Tour card at the 2010 Q-School and has kept his card since. And this year he's had 3 Top5s. That's not shabby, not by anybody's measure.

This week he's made only 3 bogeys in three rounds... and none while shooting Saturday's 63. There are 5 par-5s at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course and he leads the field in par-5 scoring at -13. (Only Poulter is anywhere close to him at -11.) His three rounds of 67-65-63 show -- despite what everybody says -- that Victor CAN follow a good round with another one.

I think that, if he struggles in the final round, he can still shoot a 4-under 68. (Most of the leaders have managed at least that, even when they struggled.) And if he does, that means Poulter has to shoot 63 just to tie him... and the players behind him must do even better.

I don't believe he'll struggle the way everybody else thinks he will. I believe Victor will get the job done.

And I believe golf fans better get used to his name. We may be hearing it a lot over the next few years.

2 comments:

  1. I do remember Caroline Hedwall too in the first demo of power play !

    Here in France they are all talking about the 2018 Ryder Cup and nobody is talking about Victor. 2018 is still very far, and i will not surprised if Victor or even Romain Wattel get a wild card instead of a regular guy like Jacquelin.

    b

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  2. I really like the way Victor plays, Baptiste. I expect him to make the 2016 French Olympic Team. That may go a long way toward gaining attention for his Ryder Cup goals.

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