Dubuisson embracing favourite tag

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Victor Dubuisson has no problem with being the favourite ahead of this week’s ISPS HANDA Perth International.

The Frenchman followed up an impressive display at the Ryder Cup with a quarter-final run at the Volvo World Match Play Championship, and is being seen as one of the men to beat alongside the likes of Charl Schwartzel and the returning Jason Dufner.

Paddy Power have Dubuisson as a 14/1 pick in the outright betting, behind only Schwartzel at 10/1, and he is more than happy to be talked about in the same breath as two major Champions.

“It’s better to be one of the favourites, but I will just try to do my best,” said the 24-year-old.

“There are a lot of good players. Jason, Charl, and also a lot of the players from The European Tour. You have got some players who played a lot in the States, and are just at the limit of qualifying for the Final Series. This is the last tournament before that.

“I think the field is really good and there are some good ranking points as well to win this week. I think we have maybe six players in top 50 in the world, so good points to have.

“I just arrived yesterday, but the hotel is really good and the course is really good.

“I need to have a good strategy, because there can be some pretty tough pin positions.

“It’s a short course, and if you miss on one side of the green, you have to make up for that.

“I will just try to do my best, and if my putting is good I can win.”

Reflecting on his Ryder Cup performance, which saw him win two foursomes contests alongside Graeme McDowell, Dubuisson said: “It was a great experience. I think it’s the greatest tournament, the best one in the world, so I was very pleased to be part of the team.”

Dubuisson decided to play in Perth as preparation for the start of next week’s European Tour Finals Series, in a bid to avoid jet lag by making an early trip east.

“Last year I played the final series that started with Shanghai. When I got there, I had a terrible week because of the jet lag,” he said.

“So this year I decided to make a better preparation for this. Playing this tournament I think was a good thing to do. I watched it on TV the last two years, and it looked to be really difficult.

“I saw a lot of player struggling, so I thought this could be a very good tournament to play.”

To place your bets on the Perth International, or any other golf tournaments around the globe, head on over to Paddy Power.

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