What a week at the WGC Accenture Match Play with some incredible highs for Europe and extreme lows for England. For the English players the match play was a week to forget with all apart from Justin Rose failing to get past the first round and even he couldn’t extend his run any further than the second round. Although it was a dark and gloomy week for English players, the rest of Europe had a week to remember as many European players took the tournament by storm and showed the rest of the world they are a force to be reckoned with.
Victor Dubuisson was a major underdog going into the competition with no one backing him at all at the start of the tournament, but as the week progressed his fan base grew with everyone wanting the talented Frenchman to go all the way and win. However, he fell at the final hurdle but certainly did not go down without a fight. Dubuisson took on Jason Day in the final and looked to be out of it until Day started to relax a little bit too much and left open the door for Dubuisson to charge through. Victor came from three down with six to go to force a play-off with the Australian Day. Day Missed a chance to win on the 17th as he saw his 20 foot putt roll past the hole and his chances of winning put under extreme pressure. This gave Dubuisson the opportunity to take the match down the last and he did this with a remarkable birdie. Day wanted to the 18th to come and go in a flash of glory, this wasn’t to be as he raced his birdie putt past the hole and missed the putt coming back. Dubuisson made a comfortable par to force a play-off.
The French star had to make two outstanding recovery shots from the surrounding desert in the play-off to extend the match further. All his hard work had no reward as Day made a birdie at the 15th and with light beginning to fade, Dubuisson could not match Day’s birdie and had to settle for second place. However, Dubuisson had his own personal victory as his second place prize money has put him in the driving seat for this years Ryder Cup.