Just a couple weeks ago, Victor Dubuisson wasn’t a name known to most American golf fans. Now, the Frenchman has a chance to claim back-to-back victories in the Race to Dubai’s Final Series, a development that would thrust him heavily into the Ryder Cup picture.
Dubuisson has captured the full attention of European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.
Dubuisson, 23, already leads the European points list for the 2014 Ryder Cup and is second to Henrik Stenson on Europe’s world points list. Europeans began collecting points on Aug. 26.
Yes, it’s early, but if Dubuisson wins the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, a week after winning the Turkish Airlines Open, he will take a commanding lead on the European points list. The big purses in Turkey and Dubai would set him up well.
With a 64 Saturday, Dubuisson moved a shot behind Stenson going into the final round in Dubai. That sets up Dubuisson to play in the final group for a second consecutive week.
McGinley will be watching closely.
“Dubuisson is full of confidence having won last week, so it will be interesting to see how he copes with the pressure this time around,” McGinley told Sky Sports on Saturday. “There was no expectancy on him in Turkey, and he came through, but now people are looking at him. Fair play to him for getting in this position, though.”
Dubuisson was No. 108 in the Official World Golf Ranking going to Turkey last week. He's No. 39 now. If he wins again Sunday, he could vault as high as No. 24.