BELEK, Turkey: France’s Victor Dubuisson 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.
Former 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.
The 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.
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 Raphael Jacquelin.
And when Dubuisson was quizzed who was his golfing idol he responded: “He was playing in the group ahead of me. Tiger Woods.
Woods, meanwhile, was returning home to Florida ahead of his final event of the year and his own World Challenge commencing on December 5.