A 23-year-old Frenchman named Victor Dubuisson notched his first European Tour win on Sunday, taking the Turkish Airlines Open by two shots for a shocking win against a top-tier 78-player field.
So who is Victor Dubuisson, a man who is now a serious contender to bank some money from the Race to Dubai bonus pool?
In 2009, the Frenchman held the top spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. As an amateur, Dubuisson finished third in a Challenge Tour event, the European Tour equivalent of the Web.com Tour. Dubuisson turned pro in 2010 after playing in the Open Championship as an amateur, then earned European Tour status through their Q-school.
Dubuisson made his debut as a pro in 2010 at the Nordea Masters in Sweden. The check for finishing T-24, Dubuisson said, was thrilling because it allowed him to pay his rent on the apartment he had in his hometown of Cannes.
In his first full season on the European Tour, Dubuisson had three top-10 finishes in 21 starts, including a T-9 in Qatar, an eighth-place finish at Gleneagles and a T-5 effort in the Austrian Open. Last season was an improvement for Dubuission, who had four top-1os, all inside the top five, including in back-to-back weeks at the Ballatine's Championship, where he led after the first round, and Volvo China Open.
True to form, Dubuisson has been even better in 2013. He finished third in the Volvo China Open again, proving it's an event that agrees with him. He was T-4 in the Malaysian Open, another event he likes, as well a top-10 finish at the Qatar Masters. All together, including the win in Turkey, Dubuisson has finished in the top 10 six times in 20 European Tour starts.
With the win in the Turkish Airlines Open, Dubuisson is now inside the top 40 in the world ranking and seventh in the Race to Dubai standings.