Belek - France's Victor Dubuisson has upstaged some of golf's biggest stars
including World No.1 Tiger Woods to win the inaugural Turkish Airlines
Open in Belek on Sunday.
Dubuisson, 23, shot a final round 69 to
claim a first ever European Tour victory by two shots with a 24-under
par tally in southern Turkey.
Jamie Donaldson posted a nine under
par 63 for second place at 22-under par as England's Justin Rose hit a
last day 64 to share third place on 20-under with Woods, who birdied
four of his closing five holes in a five-under 67.
Current European No. 1 Henrik Stenson shot a 69 for a share of seventh place at 18-under par.
World No. 1 ranked amateur Dubuisson headed into the last round with a
resounding five shot cushion but was virtually speechless in learning
the enormity of his success on the Maxx Royal course.
Cannes-born player earned a 848,930-euro first prize cheque and the big
step of moving from 108th to inside the top-40 on the world rankings.
is just so great to win, and I just didn't realise just what it means
to win a big tournament that included Tiger, Stenson, Justin Rose, as
they were all in contention with me today," he said.
"So it is a great feeling, and I'm really proud of what I did because it was the toughest golf day of my life.
struggled early and not managing to make my first birdie to the 10th
hole. I was also watching the leader board and I could see all the good
players coming back to me.
"But then my caddy said to me that if I
make one or two birdies near the end I would be fine, so then to hole
that 25-foot putt for birdie on 17 and to make the eight-footer on the
last was very special."
Dubuisson was showered in champagne by
countryman Julien Quesne, Gregory Bourdy and Gregory Havret while he was
full of praise for final round playing partner and fellow Frenchman
"Of course, Raphael and I are very good friends
but on the first tee we were rivals but when he knew he couldn't win he
was very encouraging and helping calm me down," said Dubuisson.
And when Dubuisson was quizzed who was his golfing idol he responded: "He was playing in the group ahead of me. Tiger Woods."
Donaldson drew level at 22-under par with Dubuisson when he had a
hole-in-one at the par three 16th that earned him one million air miles
courtesy of the title sponsor.
Woods, meanwhile, was returning
home to Florida ahead of his final event of the year and his own World
Challenge commencing on December 5.
"I said 20-under par was going to win this week and it kind of ended up being that way," he said.
enjoyed coming here again to Turkey and while this year was totally
different format to last year, this was a fun tournament.
different in the fact that you had to make so many birdies.
"So I'm now
hanging up the clubs for a little bit, so it's going to be nice."
will return to the event next year as part of a three-year deal he
signed with the Turkish Golf Federation while he will commence 2014 in
the 25th anniversary Dubai Desert Classic on January 30.
who shot a 69 to share seventh place on 18-under par, heads to next
week's Race to Dubai finale still leading the money list.
Swede has seen his lead slashed from 343,866 euro to 213,468 euro over
Rose who has moved into second place ahead of the absent Graeme
And the leading four contenders for the European No. 1
title, including Poulter who is fourth, are now separated by 343,906
euro and with a first prize cheque next week of 1.1m euro.
Stenson's right wrist continues to cause concern and he is also
considering withdrawing from this week's Pro-Am as he did ahead of the
recent BMW Masters in Shanghai.
"I want to give my wrist a full
two days rest and just do light practice, so it is going to affect my
preparations but it's been like that for three weeks, so I just do the
best I can," he said.
Leading scores after the fourth and final round of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Maxx Royal Course in Belek on Sunday (par 72, GBR & IRL unless stated):
264 - Victor Dubuisson (FRA) 67 65 63 69
266 - Jamie Donaldson 68 67 68 63
268 - Tiger Woods (USA) 70 63 68 67, Justin Rose 70 66 67 65
269 - Ian Poulter 66 66 68 69, Raphael Jacquelin (FRA) 67 72 62 68
270 - Marc Warren 69 70 66 65, Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 68 72 66 64, Henrik Stenson (SWE) 64 68 69 69
271 - Ross Fisher 68 68 70 65, Justin Walters (RSA) 66 66 70 69
272 - Paul Casey 66 73 67 66, George Coetzee (RSA) 66 71 68 67, Julien Quesne (FRA) 67 69 68 68
273 - Chris Wood 69 70 65 69, Thomas Aiken (RSA) 71 67 66 69, Darren Fichardt (RSA) 64 73 71 65
274 - Robert Jan Derksen (NED) 67 69 69 69, Richie Ramsay 70 69 71 64, Garth Mulroy (RSA) 70 69 66 69, Maximilian Kieffer (GER) 66 73 68 67, Joost Luiten (NED) 72 70 65 67, Thomas Bjorn (DEN) 64 72 71 67, Alejandro Canizares (ESP) 67 68 66 73