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Woods comes up short in season opener

Little-known Frenchman Victor Dubuisson held off Tiger Woods in the World No1's season opener to lift his maiden European Tour title at the Turkish Open on Sunday, ending up two clear with a final round 69 to win the tournament on 24 under.

The 23-year-old, who is ranked at world No108, held off his more illustrious opponents thanks in large part to his third-round 63 and a run of three birdies in the last four holes.

"I wanted to cry on the 18th green," said Dubuisson. "I still don't realise that I've won such a big event.

"The start was a bit difficult because I did not hit the ball well and struggled on the greens. I didn't hole any birdie putts on the front nine and all the good players were coming back at me.

"But I spoke to my caddie at the turn and told him everything is OK and I would make one or two birdies on the back nine."

The Gallic golfer picks up a cheque for £411,000 despite Welshman Justin Donaldson making a late sally with a hole-in-one on the 180-yard 16th that briefly gave him a tie of the lead.

Unfortunately for Donaldson he came unstuck at the last, missing a six-foot eagle putt in a performance that was still good enough to give him a runner-up finish, two shots ahead of Rose and Woods who tied for third.

Woods, who won't play again until the World Challenge on Dec. 5 at Thousand Oaks, was looking forward to the break.

"I'm now hanging up the clubs for a little bit, so it's going to be nice," he said.


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