Victor Dubuisson scored the biggest victory of his five-year career on the European Tour Sunday, winning the Turkish Airlines Open by one shot to kick off The Final Series in style.
With the win and the €1.028 million paycheck, Dubuisson jumps into the Top 10 in the latest Race to Dubai standings at No. 7.
Tied with Jaco Van Zyl, who had the lead or shared it after 18, 36, and 54 holes, Dubuisson looked in bad shape when he double-bogeyed No. 5 and bogeyed No. 7 to fall three strokes behind the Belgian through eight.
The lead was still two strokes after 10 holes, but Dubuisson eagled the par-5, 570-yard No. 11 to draw even.
Van Zyl fought back to 2-up with back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14, but Dubuisson had ice water in his veins down the stretch, birdying 15, 17, and 18, while Van Zyl parred all three to take the victory.
All told, Dubuisson finished 22 strokes under par and picked up 1.333 million points in the Race to Dubai. Van Zyl notched 888,880 points.
After a fast start that featured three straight 67s, Rory McIlroy fell out of contention with a closing-round 71 to finish tied for sixth. McIlroy was still able to add 256,695 points to his total, and stands at 3,268,695 million. England’s Danny Willett is second with 2,869,310 after finishing tied for11th.
Four other players have at least 2.1 million points, meaning any of them could conceivably leapfrog McIlroy in the standings with a win next week.