Victor Dubuisson holds off quality field to take maiden win in Turkey
Frenchman storms home to claim €850,000 first prize in Antalya
Victor Dubuisson of France in action during the final round of the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya, Turkey. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images
The 23-year-old began the final round with a five-shot lead in Antalya, but came under threat from world number one Tiger Woods, US Open Champion Justin Rose, Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter and Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson as he failed to make a birdie over the front nine.
Dubuisson finally picked up his first shot of the day at the 10th after almost driving the green at the par four, but when he recorded his first bogey for 33 holes at the 14th he was suddenly caught as Welshman Donaldson aced the 180-yard 16th with a seven iron.
Rose birdied the same hole to make it a three-way tie at the top, but Dubuisson held his nerve to pick up a shot at the 15th and finished in style with a 35-foot birdie putt at the 17th and pitch to six feet at the last for a three-under-par 69 and 24-under total.
That was two better than Donaldson, who missed a six-foot eagle putt at the last, and four clear of Rose and Woods – the latter’s strong finish ultimately counting for little after some indifferent play around the turn.
Dubuisson’s victory earns him just under €850,000 and moves him into the top 40 of the world rankings and almost certainly earning him an invite to Augusta National for next year’s Masters.
Stenson remains ahead of Rose and Poulter in the Race to Dubai despite only finishing tied for seventh, although his lead has been trimmed to under just under €215,000 by Rose ahead of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
Pádraig Harrington’s hopes of making the season finale ended after he finished in a tie for 50th position on eight under after closing with a one-under 71.
Shane Lowry ended a shot ahead of Harrington after a 67 in his final round, while Damien McGrane could only manage a 75 that left him back towards the tail of the field on two over.