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Frenchman surprises top players, wins Turkish Airlines Open

Final Round –European Tour – Turkish Airlines Open – The Montgomerie Maxx Royal course – Antalya, Turkey –

Cela a été une surprise … it came as a surprise.

France’s Victor Dubuisson held off a stellar field of contenders including World No. 1 Tiger Woods to capture his first European Tour title winning the Turkish Airlines Open.

Besides Woods, Dubuisson had FedEx Cup champion and Race To Dubai Standings leader Henrik Stenson and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose applying pressure as well. The 23-year-old Frenchman stood tall late on the back nine to fend off the field and finish 24-under overall.

His best finish prior to this week was third on the European Tour. He entered the week – the third leg of the Race To Dubai four-tournament finale – as an 80-to-1 underdog at Ladbrokes.com.

Dubuisson, ranked 108th heading into the week, had a five-shot lead coming into the final round at the Colin Montgomerie-designed Montgomerie Maxx Royal after a 63 Saturday. He was five up on England’s Ian Poulter moving into Sunday’s final round.

Jamie Donaldson (22-under) finished in solo second place after shooting 63 in the final round. He aced the 16th hole to rally late. Woods and Rose logged T-3 efforts at 20-under, while Poulter ended up T-5.

Based on the field strength, Dubuisson should jump to inside the Top 40 in the Official World Golf Ranking come Monday. He also moved to 7th in the Race To Dubai Standings with the DP World Tour Championship finale set for next week.

Henrik Stenson, who recorded a Top 10 in Turkey, leads Rose in the Race To Dubai Standings by about $170,000 heading into the finale next week.

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  • A dozen players are within four shots of the lead at the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic heading into Sunday’s final round. Chris Kirk and Briny Baird (10-under) are tied at the top, but Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson are all within striking distance.
  • Poutler finished T-5 Sunday at the Turkish Airlines Open. The Englishman heads to the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai with back-to-back Top 5s after a runner-up effort to Dustin Johnson two weeks ago at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
  • Teresa Lu captured her first LPGA Tour title Sunday winning the Mizuno Classic in Japan. The native, No. 63 in the Rolex Ranking, was a 50-1 pick heading into the week. Stacy Lewis, the defending champion, finished T-8.