France's Victor Dubuisson secures Masters place for first time in career

Last Updated: 16/12/13 11:06pm

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Victor Dubuisson: Augusta beckons up and coming French star

Victor Dubuisson: Augusta beckons up and coming French star

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Victor Dubuisson's superb end to the season sees him rewarded with a place in The Masters at Augusta for the first time.

The Frenchman is one of 14 non-qualified players to secure a place in the year's first major championship after the final Official World Golf Rankings of the season were published.

Dubuisson hit form with a vengeance at the end of the 2013 season which included his first European Tour title at the Turkish Airlines Open in November.

He went on to finish third behind Henrik Stenson in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and his results were enough to finish the year 32nd in the world, more than enough for one of the places at Augusta guaranteed for players in the top 50.

Dubuisson has only qualified for one major in his career so far, the 2010 Open Championship which he played in as an amateur just before turning professional.

As well as Dubuisson, Hideki Matsuyama, Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Francesco Molinari, Rickie Fowler, Matteo Manassero, David Lynn, Thongchai Jaidee, Peter Hanson, Joost Luiten and Branden Grace also secured their invites.

The field for The Masters already sits at 90 players, raising the possibility of more than 100 players participating for the first time in nearly 50 years - 103 took part in 1966.

Players who are not already qualified can do so by winning one of the early season PGA Tour events (not the Puerto Rico Open) or being in the top 50 at the end of March, a week before the event takes place.

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