The 2013 Turkish Airlines Open has concluded, with Victor Dubuisson capturing victory with an impressive score of 24-under par. Tiger Woods finished tied for third, as the superstar fell just short with his 20-under performance.
23-year-old Victor Dubuisson wins the Turkish Airlines Open at 23 under. Tiger T-3, 3 back at 20 under— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) November 10, 2013
Dubuisson took control of the tournament in the third round—opening up a five-stroke lead heading into the final round—and was able to stave off Sunday runs from the likes of Woods, Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson.
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The 23-year-old Frenchman was able to capture his maiden European Tour title by opening the day with nine-straight pars before going three-under on the back nine.
Donaldson shot particularly well during the fourth round at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course in Antalya, Turkey. The Welshman went nine-under on the day for an unexpected second-place finish, completing the tournament with a 22-under score.
His hole-in-one on the par three 16th made things quite interesting, as the ace temporarily put him in a three-way tie with Rose and Dubuisson at 21-under.
However, the eventual winner showed poise throughout the final holes, as Dubuisson was sinking his shots while his closest challengers were missing their opportunities.
Woods was competitive throughout the day, but never truly in the running. The 14-time major winner wasn’t able to stay consistent in the final round and it cost him.
The American superstar birdied three of the first six holes, but lost ground with bogeys on holes seven and 11. His late run—birdies on four of the last six holes—helped him to save face and move into a tie with Rose for third.
Ian Poulter was a name that many expected to see at the top of the leaderboard, as the Englishman started the day in second. However, the 37-year-old wasn’t able to sink his putts and dropped back to a T-5 finish, sharing the spot with Raphael Jacquelin.
Henrik Stenson also failed to make a late surge, with the Swede dropping from contention after a rough front-nine, bogeying on three early holes to seal his fate.