Victor Dubuisson will hope to make the most of his home the support at Le Golf National this week as he seeks to improve his record in the Alstom Open de France.
The Frenchman has made only two cuts in five appearances in his national open, with last year’s tie for 18th his best finish. Winning the Turkish Airlines Open and finishing runner-up at the WGC-Accenture Match Play have boosted the 24-year-old’s stature since then, and the World Number 22 is among the pre-tournament favourites.
“I enjoy it when the crowd is behind me. Especially here, people are very nice,” Dubuisson said.
“It’s a lovely tournament. This year the course is great and the greens are fantastic, so I’m excited about being here.”
Dubuisson is currently on course to make his debut in September’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, and with the tournament being staged at Le Golf National in 2018, the Cannes-born star is eager to become a regular for Europe.
"It’s the best event I think a golf player could ever play."
“It would be great if I qualify for the Ryder Cup. But it’s getting tighter in the rankings. The guys behind me are all playing very well, so I still need to make some more points.
“It’s the best event I think a golf player could ever play. It would be like a dream for me to qualify for The Ryder Cup.”
In the field at the Alstom Open de France
Victor Dubuisson has been paired with US Open champ Martin Kaymer, and Graeme McDowell, both of who can’t wait to tee it up today.
“It’s definitely my favourite golf course that we play on The European Tour,” said Kaymer. “It’s very challenging, and very exciting. There’s always some drama involved in the last three or four holes.”
As well as the excitement of the Alstom Open de France, McDowell feels that there is a ‘buzz’ around French golf as a whole.
"There’s a good buzz in French golf in general."
“It’s always nice to come here to the French Open. It’s always been a golf course which I’ve enjoyed playing,” he said.
“I always felt it was a golf course where I have a chance to win. So it was great to get the win here last year.
“There’s always a good buzz when you come to this part of the world, and even more so with the Ryder Cup coming here in 2018. I think there’s a good buzz in French golf in general with some really good, young, up-and-coming players.
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