McGinley: Victor a welcome addition

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Victor Dubuisson has all but secured his place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team with his display at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

The 23-year-old was beaten one-up by Jason Day after 23 holes in Sunday’s final at Dove Mountain in Arizona. It was a remarkable performance from Dubuisson as he came from three down with six holes to play to take it into a play-off.

He fell short in the end though, but his comeback both in the final against Day and the semi-final against three-time major winner Ernie Els won him a lot of admirers.

With the Ryder Cup taking place later this year, European captain Paul McGinley was one of many who sat up and took note of the Frenchman’s display.

“It looks like with the points he has accumulated he is a nail-on now,” McGinley told Sky Sports after the final. “If he was 90 per cent before the week he is 99.9 per cent now.

“With all the evidence we have seen this week I think he will be a very welcome addition to the team.

“You can’t help but be very impressed. A lot of us were all learning about Victor and the fortitude he has shown under pressure all week has been most impressive.”

“He started the semi-final very slowly and did the same this afternoon and each time he has come back by playing himself into the match, which is a difficult thing to do when you are two or three down.

“He has hit some quality iron shots in and made birdies which gave him a little bit of momentum and then forced mistakes from his opponent.”

Dubuisson now top the European Points List for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September following his Turkish Airlines Open success late last year and his run to the final of the Match Play in Arizona.

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