Honestly, when I filled out my bracket for this 64-man tournament on Monday, I knew nothing of #7 seed Victor Dubuisson, so I just advanced Kevin Streelman to the next round.
But boy was that a mistake.
This “homme” (the French word for man) was the definition of clutch. Throughout Sunday’s final round against Jason Day, Dubuisson just hung in and hit shot after shot down the stretch in hopes to becoming the first French born player to win on the PGA Tour.
Dubuisson, won back to back holes with 2 holes to play, including a remarkable up-and-down on a sideways bunker shot to force a playoff. And then in the first playoff hole, after overshooting the green, Dubuisson hit possibly the greatest up-and-down from beneath a cactus, that I’ve ever seen to force the second playoff hole.
And after a solid drive, Dubuisson hit another average second shot beneath yet another cactus, where he once again pulled off a masterful up-and-down.
At that point, “The Frenchman with golden hands” seemed like the obvious winner, until Jason Day came back into form on the 5th playoff hole to beat Dubuisson to win the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship and to cash in a 1.53 million dollar check.
Whether you were rooting for Dubuisson, or Day though on this Sunday, you enjoyed it.
This round, was possibly the greatest round I’ve seen outside of a major with the ups-and-downs (figuratively) and the stoic nature of the two golfers. And fortunately for us golf fans, Dubuisson (who is in the top 30 in the World golf rankings) and Jason Day will be back to both play in the Masters in about a month and a half.
Dubuisson said after the match, “I am disappointed with a few shots today,” and like always, David Feherty put it to perspective saying, “There are a lot of tournament sponsors watching this, so just take note because an invite [For Victor] here and their might not be the worst idea.”