Victor Dubuisson is hoping to make up for the disappointment of losing his PGA Tour card with a strong showing at this week’s Czech Masters and improve his position in the Race to Dubai rankings.
The 2014 Ryder Cup star heads to the tournament for the first time after missing the inaugural event 12 months ago, and he is looking to build on his impressive performance at the final Major Championship of the year earlier this month.
The 25-year-old, who finished tied 18th at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, currently sits 43rd in the Race to Dubai, and is hoping for further success at Albatross Golf Resort.
In a season in which he struggled with injuries, Dubuisson finished 172nd in the Money List of the PGA Tour, thus losing his playing privilege there next season.
“I am looking forward to playing here. Last year I couldn’t play, so I am happy to be here this year. It is a great opportunity to have another win,” said Dubuisson.
“This week will be a good week to try to win and try to get my Race to Dubai ranking up. This year hasn’t been as good as last year for me – it’s not a great season, so I really hope to do well this week and get my ranking up.”
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The Frenchman, who plays alongside former Ryder Cup player Peter Hanson and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen, is predicting a strong finish to the year after making the decision to change his putter.
He continued: “My form is starting to come back a little bit. The problem was my putting. For six months my putting was really, really bad. I had to do something, so I changed my putter.
“I worked quite a bit on it, and the last few weeks I’m doing better. I had a good result in the PGA Championship and I feel I am going to have a good end to the season.”
The man to watch this week is England’s James Morrison, winner of the Spanish Open and runner up in the Alstom Open de France.