Dubuisson remains unchallenged as the bad boy of French golf media after Andalucia withdrawal

Bernie McGuire
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Victor Dubuisson during Day One of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Victor Dubuisson continues to be the ‘bad boy’ of the French golf media after withdrawing following Thursday’s opening round at the Estrella Damm N.A  Andalucia Masters in Valderrama.

Dubuisson signed for a five-over par 76 and, after handing in his card, the Frenchman was never again sighted on the host Valderrama course in Spain’s Costa del Sol.

The French golfing website Golf Planete was not holding back in saying it is the seventh occasion in 16 events this year the now 32-year-old Cannes-born golfer has ‘thrown in the towel’ in withdrawing after two poor rounds including the Alfred Dunhill Links. While he pulled-out of his own national open a week earlier in Versailles post an opening 76.

“The Dubuisson problem, customary to drop out after the first round, still seems unresolved on the side of the DP World Tour staff,” said Golfing Planete.

Dubuisson has never won widespread popularity among the French golfing media with this author being present at a French Open at Le National when he refused to attend a pre-press conference if the French media were in attendance.  The French media were not going to budge and instead, Dubuisson had French Open officials fill the interview with children from a local high school and only took questions from the students, declining all efforts to recognise the accredited media.

Dubuisson has won just twice in his DP World Tour career, the 2013 and 2015 Turkish Airlines Open while his 2013 Turkish success along with a T7th and a T9th in the respective 2014 Open Championship and PGA Championship secured him a place in the victorious 2014 European Ryder Cup side.

However, with just a handful of DP World Tour events remaining Dubuisson is projected to drop six places to 113th on the money list, with the top-117 to retain full 2023 Tour membership.

Since moving onto the DP World Tour in 2012 Dubuisson has retained full playing rights each season, with the exception of 2018 when injured, with his best years being 2013 and ’14 in ending the year fifth on the money list.

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