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Tiger Woods can't catch Victor Dubuisson

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Frenchman Victor Dubuisson fired a final-round 69 to secure his first European Tour title with a two-shot victory over Jamie Donaldson in the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open. 

The 23-year-old, currently ranked 108th in the official world golf rankings, fought off competition from major winners' Tiger Woods (67) and Justin Rose (65) as well as Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter (69) at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal golf course in Antalya to earn a cheque for around €848,930 (£709,000). 

Welshman Donaldson provided the overnight leader and eventual winner with a scare when he aced the par-three 16th to jump into a share of the lead, and despite equalling the lowest round of the week with a closing 63, back-to-back birdies for Dubuisson on his final two holes was enough to earn him his maiden win on tour. 

The Frenchman said: "I am so happy, as I struggled early on, not managing to make birdie until the tenth. I was also watching the leaderboard and saw all the good players coming back to me.

"But my caddy told me if I make one or two birdies near the end I'd be fine, so to then hole a 25-footer on 17 and an 8-footer on the last was very special."

2013 US Open winner Rose briefly shared the lead when he birdied 16, but a bogey-six at the par-five 18th coupled with Dubuisson's impressive finish saw the Englishman finish four shots adrift in a tie for third with 14-time major winner Woods. 

The American, who reportedly received an appearance fee above $2million for just turning up in Turkey, set the place alight on Friday with a flawless 63 to put himself into contention but weekend rounds of 68 and 67 respectively were not enough to stop Dubuisson earning his first serious payday since turning professional in 2010. 

The current world number one will now take a break from the competitive game and won't tee it up again until December 5 where he'll feature in the World Challenge at Thousand Oaks golf course.

And the 38-year-old expressed relief at taking a break from the game: "I'm hanging up the clubs now for a little while, so it's going to be nice."

The European Tour's Race to Dubai reaches its climax this week at the DP World Tour Championship, with current leader Henrik Stenson's preparation for the season-ending tournament being affected by a wrist injury. 

The Swede, who won the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup equivalent in September, said: "I want to give my wrist a full two days rest and just do light practice, so it's going to affect my preparation.

"But it's been like that for three weeks, so I can just do the best I can."

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