Date: November 11, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Dubuisson wins Turkish Open

Victor Dubuisson held off a late charge from Jamie Donaldson to claim his maiden European Tour title at the Turkish Open on Sunday. The Frenchman went into the final round in Antalya with a five-shot lead over Ian Poulter, but Welshman Donaldson emerged as his main challenger by shooting a superb 63 – including a stunning hole-in-one on the par-three 16th – to finish the tournament on 22 under. However, Dubuisson, who himself carded a 63 on Saturday, kept his cool to post a last-round 69 to finish two shots clear. The 23-year-old showed no sign of nerves despite being chased by the likes of world number one Tiger Woods, US Open champion Justin Rose and Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson by posting nine consecutive pars on the front nine. Dubuisson then made his first birdie of the day at the par-four 10th and looked to be cruising to the crown, only for Donaldson to ramp up the pressure with birdies on 10, 11, 13 and 15, before his magnificent hole-in-one on 16. The Welshman went joint top of the leaderboard when Dubuisson dropped his first shot of the round on 14, and his consistency on the back nine enabled him to set a clubhouse target of 22 under. But the Frenchman responded superbly with a fine 25-foot putt for birdie to edge ahead again at 17, meaning he needed just par on the 18th to win. He subsequently went one better by producing another birdie to give him the win by two shots, and the world number 108 spoke of his delight at lifting his first European Tour crown at the 72nd time of asking. “(I felt) so much pressure on the last hole, holing the putt on 17 was incredible (and) the birdie on 18 is a bonus,” Dubuisson said. “I was feeling so much stress. (It was) the longest day on course I&aposve ever felt. I&aposm very proud.” Woods and Rose tied for third on 20 under after final rounds of 67 and 65 respectively, while Poulter ended joint fifth with Raphael Jacquelin on 19 under. Stenson, meanwhile, held on to his lead in the Race to Dubai standings by finishing with a 69 that gave him an overall score of 18 under for the tournament, with Rose and Poulter still in the hunt for glory at the season-ending event next week. Marcus Fraser was the best of the Australians on 12 under in equal 29th spot.