Paul McGinley wonders whether Victor Dubuisson will thrive in Dubai
Last Updated: 17/11/13 2:38pm
Dubuisson: chance to claim back-to-back titles
Paul McGinley says he will be intrigued to see whether Victor Dubuisson can replicate his win at the Turkish Airlines Open on the final day of the DP World Tour Championship.
Dubuisson, 23, claimed his first European Tour victory in Antalya last Sunday and fired himself into contention to prevail at Jumeirah Golf Estates with a glittering demonstration of golf in the Gulf region.
"There was no expectancy on Dubuisson in Turkey but now people are looking at him."
The Frenchman posted an eight-under-par 64 to move to within one stroke of leader - and champion-elect in the Race to Dubai - Henrik Stenson, who carded a 67 thanks to a late flurry of birdies.
And McGinley - who will captain Europe at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles - wonders how Dubuisson will deal with the weight of expectation as he bids to secure back-to-back triumphs.
"Dubuisson is full of confidence having won last week so it will be interesting to see how he copes with the pressure this time around," McGinley told Sky Sports at the climax of round three.
"There was no expectancy on him in Turkey and he came through, but now people are looking at him. Fair play to him for getting in this position, though."
McGinley also saluted world number three Stenson for the way he moved through the gears after a sedate opening to his round and believes the Swede - who won the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup in September - will land both the Race to Dubai and World Tour Championship crowns on Sunday.
"We saw some scintillating golf again today [Saturday], even if the scores weren't quite as low as on Friday, but Stenson has pulled away," added the Irishman, who has recorded four victories on the European Tour.
"He was chugging along at one-under-par after 13 holes and playing like a guy who was leading the tournament, not making too many mistakes and controlling the situation.
"But he looked like he had another level and he proved that by birdieing four of the last five holes.
"He has had a great year in America, winning a couple of times, and looks at the top of his game at the moment - and he knows how to win."
Catch round four of the DP World Tour Championship, from 7.30am, Sunday, Sky Sports 4.