Victor Dubuisson was victorious at the Turkish Airlines Open on the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course in Antalya.
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Victor kept his head while the high-profile chasing pack tried to whittle away at the five shot lead he started the day with. A final round of -3 under par 69 was good enough to keep him in front and pick up the Turkish Airlines Open, his total score at -24 under par.
He said the pressure was great, it was the longest day on a golf course for him;
“I don’t know how to describe it, now I don’t realise what’s happening. I felt so much pressure on the last hole. Holing this putt on 17 was like; it was incredible. It was incredible, and the birdie on 18, it’s a bonus. But even on the last putt, I was feeling so much stress. After this day, it was the longest day on the course that I’ve ever had. I’m very proud of what I did.”
With the big guns failing in their task of catching Victor, Jamie Donaldson worked his way up the leaderboard, to finish in second place at -22 under par, just two shots adrift.
Jaime received one million air miles from the tournament sponsor after holing his tee-shot at 16 for an Ace, using a seven-iron. This result has moved him up to fifth place in the Race To Dubai standings.
“It’s mad, it’s weird, when it goes in. You hit it right down the flag and you’re hoping in the air that it’s going to be close.When it lands and vanishes it’s like, ‘Where’s that gone?’. The fact you get something extra for it as well, is nice.”
Tied in third spot at -20 under par were US Open Champion Justin Rose and Tiger Woods.
Justin was happy that he had made up ground on Henrik in the Race to Dubai.
“I think I’ve gained some ground, yeah, for sure. It’s nice to be able to control your own fate next week. So if I go in and have a good week, win a golf tournament, which is obviously the aim any time you tee it up, but if I go ahead and do that, that’s going to obviously be the exact scenario I’m looking for. Fifth last week, probably tied for third this week, I like the way that’s trending towards No. 1.”
Tiger lamented that he just did not make enough birdies;
“On a golf course like this where you have to make so many birdies, I just didn’t make enough. You just had to be so aggressive all of the time and that is reflected by how many guys made runs of four or five birdies in a row.”
Ian Poulter tied in fifth place, his final score at -19 under par, but he too is closer to Henrik for next week’s finale in the Race to Dubai.
Henrik battled on with his wrist injury and finished just two shots adrift of Justin and one behind Ian. He hopes to have the wrist sorted out by next week;
“I’m still happy with the Top 10 and thanks to a few of the other guys, yeah, I’ve still got the lead heading into the last week. My preparation is going to be less than I would have liked (due to his wrist), but again, I’ve played Jumeirah Golf Estates so many times, so hopefully I shouldn’t have to be further behind than I need to do that. So the most important thing is to get healthy long-term, and be able to play next week.”