GIF: Victor Dubuisson makes incredible recovery from cholla cactus
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GIF: Victor Dubuisson makes incredible recovery from cholla cactus


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Victor Dubuisson appeared to be finished. After his second shot went well beyond the green in the 19th hole -- the first of sudden death -- against Jason Day in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, the Frenchman faced a nasty lie with his ball stuck in desert cacti.

Realizing he had no other choice to stay alive but to try to hit the ball toward the green, he hit one of the great recovery shots in recent memory.

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The ball hit the edge of the desert, scalded and hopped through some rough, onto the green and ended up about 4 feet from the hole. Dubuisson made a match-extending par after Day put his approach into a greenside bunker and got up-and-down for his par.

A hole later, Dubuisson once again went long with his approach, landing in a spot almost exactly the same as earlier in the final. The Frenchman once again extricated himself from a nasty desert lie, leaving Jason Day left to do nothing but laugh at the situation. The 20th hole was halved again in pars and the final continues.

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