Repeated dropouts: the Dubuisson problem

For the 4th time this season, Victor Dubuisson did not appear at the start of the 2nd round of the DP World Tour tournament. This time, it is to his public that he posed a rabbit this Friday at the National Golf. A bad habit that the European circuit cannot stop, which only seems to have in its regulations an arsenal of fines. Insufficient to force the former French number 1 to respect the institution, its sport and its supporters.

François SCIMECA, at the Golf National

Hyper talented, best French player in history in the world ranking when he had reached 15th place in the planetary hierarchy, Victor Dubuisson is considered by many to be a true “genius”. At the start of the season, many of us were enthusiastic about his return to the fore when he took a sublime 4th place at Abu Dhabi in the first tournament of the year.

Go ahead, ask your shitty questions

Victor Dubuisson, The Open 2014

A result which almost guaranteed him to finish the season in the points to keep his right of play on the DP World Tour next year.

But the Riviera remains a special case in the small world of golf.

The French press in the crosshairs

He has only responded to French journalists sparingly since 2014. Possibly the foreign press. “. At the2014 British Open in Liverpoolhis coach had to Benoit Ducoulombier insisted at length that he should finally address the journalists present. ” Go ahead, ask your shitty questions “, he had finally launched.

Present this week at the Golf National, Dubuisson greets from afar the people he has known since his brilliant amateur years but still avoids the microphones and cameras of Golf Planet and our colleagues.

A mysterious injury?

Too bad, we would have liked to ask him about this mysterious illness which forces him to forfeit each time his first round does not go as planned and he appears at the bottom of the ranking after 18 holes.

In order not to sanction a player, the officials of the European Tour require a medical certificate in the weeks following the abandonment of the player. Otherwise, Dubuisson and the others are liable to a fine, the amount of which increases as the unjustified fixed prices accumulate.

So what about the reasons given by the Frenchman? “The DP World Tour does not communicate on the fines”, we were kindly answered.

It is therefore impossible to know more. There remains the sad reality of the figures.

50% of his cuts missed on abandonment since 2021!

This season, Dubuisson missed 8 cuts in 13 tournaments, 5 times he gave up. 4 times after the first round, 1 time after having nevertheless succeeded in crossing the cut at the Czech Masters. 60th after two laps, the Cannes native probably felt that he was not in good enough shape to achieve a better result and left the event.

In 2021, Dubuisson played 19 tournaments, missing 10 cuts and missing 5 round 2 starts. Since his scratch at Saudi International on February 7, 2021, where he pocketed 5,100 euros, he played 32 tournaments and missed 18 cuts. 9 were after abandonment. That’s 50% of the time!

This annoying tendency to let its partners finish the tournament in part of two does not date from yesterday. Between 2011 and 2015, this happened to him once or twice a year maximum.

But it has really been observable since 2016. It is indeed the 20th time in 94 tournaments that the Frenchman has disappeared before the cut. More than once in 5!

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