Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dubuisson Teeing Up a Ryder Cup Return after Turkey Win

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dubuisson Teeing Up a Ryder Cup Return after Turkey Win

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AN emotional Victor Dubuisson is targeting another Ryder Cup appearance after winning the Turkish Airlines Open for the second time in three years, as Rory McIlroy's challenge fizzled out in Antalya.

World number three McIlroy began the day just a shot off the lead after three consecutive 67s, but could only manage a final round of 71 to finish in a tie for sixth.

The round of the day was posted by Hartlepool's Graeme Storm, who bolstered his chances of Race to Dubai qualification with a stunning 63, which included nine birdies, to finish 20th.

That was before Dubuisson broke down in tears on the 18th green after carding a closing 66 to finish 22 under par, one shot ahead of South Africa's Jaco Van Zyl, with Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat a shot further back.

"It was so hard because there were so many personal reasons why I did not play so much this year," said Dubuisson, who declined to reveal any details.

"That's why I am so emotional. I played a few events on the PGA Tour at the beginning of the year and I was not feeling good to be far away from my family. I did not play well and I was feeling lonely so decided to come back to Europe. Now, for the next three or four years, I will just stay in Europe 100 per cent."

Dubuisson, who was unbeaten on his Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagles in 2014 and now leads the qualifying race, added: "Hopefully, I can play again. I have put myself now in a good position, but there is still a lot of work to do.

"I will definitely play more tournaments to give myself a really good chance to be a part of it."

After starting the day tied for the lead, Dubuisson birdied three of the first four holes before losing a ball off the tee on the fifth to run up a double-bogey five.

And he was three off the pace after Aphibarnrat's sixth birdie of the day on the 10th, despite brilliantly saving par on the same hole with a pitch through the trees after taking a penalty drop when his wayward drive finished in a bush. …

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