Victor Dubuisson Special - Turkish Airlines Open
Posted at November 2, 2015
A special feature on the Hugo Boss ambassador after Victor Dubuisson wins the Turkish Airlines Open for the second time in three years.
Victor Dubuisson Wins in Turkey
The season ending European Tour Final Series kicked off with the Turkish Airlines Open and one man in particular emerged from the shadows to secure his second victory in three years at the lucrative event. The recent lack of form shown by Victor Dubuisson has been well-documented by the media but some stunning golf with renewed consistency helped the Frenchman on his way to a one-stroke win at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal.
It was certainly no easy field that Dubuisson had to fend off, either. In the hunt on Sunday included the likes of Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy, proven stars in Byeong Hun-An and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, whilst his other final group partner Jaco Van Zyl also shot an opening round of 11 under par. A daunting field who were certain to apply the pressure, as if the prospect of winning in excess of €1million wasn't pressure enough.
But pressure is what Victor Dubuisson thrives on; we all saw him excel as the youngest member of Europe's Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles and a back-nine 5 under par on Sunday proved his steely determination once more. It wasn't as though Van Zyl did much wrong either, just the single blotch on the scorecard at the par-3 eighth hole was enough to open the door for Dubuisson to secure his first win of the year, and an emotional one it was too.
Victor Dubuisson - Personal Life
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It's been a tough year for Victor Dubuisson, he ranked as low as 69 at a time when the expectations had reached their peak. He has remained as a presence on tour and there's no doubting his popularity amongst the players, but his relationship with the wider media is somewhat strained. Often referred to as the 'Greta Garbo of golf', Victor Dubuisson is as silent as they come when it comes to his personal life. In truth, we actually know very little about him.
It's not through a dislike for the golfing media, however, as Victor has previously explained that he simply doesn't see the point in talking about his personal life. He has probably been the victim of his own success after his heroic performances at Gleneagles got everyone talking, whilst everyone who is anyone in the media also wanted to capture that rare, insightful interview with him. In truth, his privacy is probably what makes him so endearing.
Despite ring-fencing his personal life from the scrutiny of the general public, Dubuisson has alluded to other reasons for his silence. Citing "personal issues" as one of the factors contributing to his recent slump in form, Victor also told Golfing World "I didn't have an easy childhood, so I just like to talk about golf." Which is fair enough, only a handful of professional golfers ever really have their personal lives probed in such a manner. It's actually refreshing to see him stay away from the limelight, respecting the privacy of their nearest and dearest along the way at a time when certain sportstars are arguably too open for their own good.
Victor Dubuisson - Ryder Cup
The best showcase of his personality came at the Ryder Cup at Gleneages, when the Hugo Boss star was paired alongside the experienced Graeme McDowell for both team formats. Having received the news months in advance, Victor tells of how they played numerous practice rounds together to build up that rapport - whilst Paul McGinley also drew praise for taking the time to visit Victor at his home in France and spent a weekend with the youngest member of his team. It was this special team-bonding which appeared to give team Europe the advantage with such emphatic aplomb, spear-headed by the successful McDowell/Dubuisson partnership.
It wasn't just G-Mac that Victor struck a chord with, either. Despite a lesser fluency in English than the rest of the team, Dubuisson was welcomed with open arms and was a popular presence in the dressing room, according to his caddie of two years, Tom Ayling. Personality earns you fans, performances earn you respect - Victor was entrusted with the final singles pairing by Paul McGinley and, although it never came down to it, his cool head and remarkable focus would almost surely have shone through against major champion Zach Johnson.
Victor Dubuisson Wins Wearing Hugo Boss
Whilst we might not know much about Victor Dubuisson, the person, we certainly know a lot about Victor Dubuisson, the golfer. Having signed with the powerhouse fashion brand Hugo Boss back in January of this year, Dubuisson has expressed his individuality through some of the outfits he has worn, none more so than the all-pink number we witnessed at the BMW PGA Championship this year!
His suspect outfits may have caught the eye of our style editors, but Victor definitely has a sense of humour in him, too. Aware that he is already likened to the 'International Man of Mystery' a.k.a Austin Powers by some - we know Victor would take our outfit critique in good humour. We're not anticipating any major scripts from the Frenchman any time soon, though, they're probably under lock and key at the bottom of the ocean until April 7th!
— Victor Dubuisson (@Vdubush) October 27, 2015
Unfortunately, we won't see any more weird and wonderful outfits from Victor Dubuisson in Shanghai this week with his absence confirmed by some questionable European Tour rules. However, you can shop the latest Hugo Boss collection as worn by Ryder Cup star Victor Dubuisson at Golfposer