Turkish Airlines Open: Victor Dubuisson wins for a second time

 

Turkish Airlines Open: Victor Dubuisson wins for a second time

Turkish Airlines Open

-22 V Dubuisson (Fra); -21 J van Zyl (SA); -20 K Aphibarnrat (Tha); -19 B H An (Kor); -17 C Wood (Eng); -16 P Uihlein (US), R McIlroy (NI); –15 S Lowry (Ire); -14 L Slattery (Eng); Selected others: -12 J Donaldson (Wal), D Willett (Eng), L Westwood (Eng); -11 I Poulter (Eng), R Bland (Eng)

France’s Victor Dubuisson won his second Turkish Airlines Open, as Rory McIlroy finished a disappointing sixth.

Dubuisson, 25, carded a closing 66 to finish 22 under
par, one shot ahead of South Africa’s Jaco van Zyl, with Thailand’s
Kiradech Aphibarnrat a further shot back.

McIlroy began the day a shot off the lead after three consecutive 67s.

But the world number three could only manage a final round of 71, including bogeys on the eight, ninth and 12th.

England’s Chris Wood finished fifth on 17 under par
with English pair Lee Westwood and Danny Willett and Wales’ Jamie
Donaldson tied for 11th on 12-under, with Ian Poulter and Richard Bland a
shot further back.

Dubuisson and Van Zyl, the joint

overnight

leaders, were tied when they teed off on the 18th after the
Frenchman had recovered from a double bogey on the fifth, chipped in for
an eagle on the 11th and birdied the 15th and 17th.

After Van Zyl parred the 18th, it left Dubuisson two
shots to win the tournament and he was down for a birdie to spark
emotional celebrations.

It was the second Turkish Open win in three years for
Dubuisson after victory in 2013 – those two successes being his only
European Tour titles.

He broke down in tears at the end, after a year that has seen him fall out of the world’s top 50.

“It’s been so hard,” he said. “I’ve wanted to play this
year, but there’s been many times when I haven’t been able to for
personal reasons. That is why I am so emotional.

“This win has given me my confidence back, I lost it a
few months ago and felt like my game would never come back, but this
week I realised my game is still here.”

The Turkish Open is the first of four tournaments in the European Tour’s Final Series, the climax to the Race to Dubai.

Dubuisson’s win moves him up to seventh in those
rankings, while Northern Ireland’s McIlroy remains first, 399,385 points
ahead of Willett in second.

The next tournament is the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai on 8 November.

Four-time major winner McIlroy, 26, said: “It was not
the finish I wanted but I feel like I’ve seen good enough signs this
week to suggest I can play well the next couple.

“I felt like I hit some good putts that didn’t go in but I made a couple of bad strokes on the back nine.

“That’s still a work in progres,s and I need to keep trying to improve on that part and keep going forward.”

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