Victor Dubuisson in dreamland at Ryder Cup

Victor Dubuisson is having a dream Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagles, making it two wins out of two outings on Saturday.

AFP| Last Updated: Sep 28, 2014, 14:37 PM IST
Victor Dubuisson in dreamland at Ryder Cup

Gleneagles, Scotland: Victor Dubuisson is having a dream Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagles, making it two wins out of two outings on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Frenchman once again teamed up with 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell in the last of the afternoon foursomes.

And once again they emerged victorious, trumping the previously unbeaten pairing of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker by 5 and 4.

The previous day, they walloped Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, who were 4-0 in Ryder Cup play prior to that, by 3 and 2.

The two points, garnered in matches in which the European duo were underdogs, were instrumental in giving Paul McGinley`s team a commanding 10-6 lead heading into Sunday`s closing 12 singles, when Dubuisson will face former Masters champion Zach Johnson in the final pairing.

It was all a long way from this time last year, when Dubuisson was a largely unknown talent even though he had been the world amateur number one.

But his first win as a pro in Turkey late last year and a run into the final of the WGC Matchplay tournament earlier this year opened the door to Ryder Cup selection and the understated Dubuisson has certainly grabbed his chance.

McDowell, who has taken it upon himself to get to know the shy and secretive Dubuisson over the last few month, has been hugely impressed by him.

"It`s very easy to play alongside a guy who is as talented as this kid is," the Ulsterman said.

"I didn`t really have to do much with this kid. I just had to make him relax, make him enjoy himself and just let him go.

"I`ve been very fortunate in Ryder Cups, I get to play alongside some pretty amazing partners the last couple of years.

"The last couple of Ryder Cups, I`ve had Rory McIlroy, and he isn`t too bad.

"Victor Dubuisson, I really believe he`s the next superstar coming out of Europe. Watch out for him.

"He really impressed the hell out of me the last couple days and he was a pleasure to play alongside."

Dubuisson has intrigued the British press in the leadup to Gleneagles -- one paper dubbing him "The Greta Garbo of Golf" and another "The Coollest Frenchman since Thierry Henry."

He struggled to communicate at his solo press conference ahead of Friday`s opening games, but immediately looked comfortable when he stepped onto a packed first tee with McDowell on Friday afternoon.

"As I said before, Graeme has been fantastic since we arrived here," Dubuisson said after Saturday`s win.

"And yeah, in the last few months and the last four days, he has been really amazing with me.

"First Ryder Cup, I think it`s very difficult to manage the stress and being nervous right before the tee. I really tried to do the best for him the last two days."

It remains to be seen if Dubuisson can sign off with a win on Sunday to make it a perfect three out of three.

Already he has the best Ryder Cup record of any Frenchman. In 1999 Jean Van de Velde only played in the singles and he lost that and in 2004, Thomas Levet won one and lost two.

There were more words of praise for Dubuisson from US captain Tom Watson who watched part of his game on Saturday afternoon.

"I watched Victor Dubuisson play some just wonderful golf today, and congratulated G-Mac (McDowell) on the 14th hole when they won their match 5 and 4.

"I said, "Congratulations." He said, "I didn`t do anything." That`s what you have, when you have a great partner like that."