France's Victor Dubuisson earns PGA Tour membership for rest of 2014 season
Last Updated: 06/03/14 11:00am
Victor Dubuisson: Edged out by Jason Day in Arizona final last month
Victor Dubuisson has been awarded special temporary membership of the PGA Tour for the remainder of the season.
The emerging Frenchman earned worldwide plaudits for his run to the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, where he narrowly lost out to Australia's Jason Day.
Dubuisson also recorded a top-15 finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last month and his superb week in Arizona guaranteed him a debut at the Masters in April.
The 23-year-old wowed the galleries with some imaginative escapes against Day, who eventually clinched the title at the fifth extra hole.
Dubuisson's performance lifted him to 23rd in the world rankings having been outside the top 100 before beating the likes of Tiger Woods and Justin Rose to win the Turkish Airlines Open in November.
Ahead of this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, Dubuisson admitted he was already looking forward to his first appearance at Augusta next month.
"I started to play golf after I watched Tiger on TV winning this Masters, and it means a lot for me to play next month there at Augusta," Dubuisson said.
"I don't really feel any pressure to go there. I'm more like, happy because I still watch sometimes the video of this 1997 Masters."
Earning a PGA Tour card allows him to accept an unlimited amount of sponsor invitations for the rest of this season, although he is currently not eligible to qualify for the FedExCup play-offs.
However, Dubuisson would gain entry to the lucrative season finale if he wins a PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament over the next five months.