The European Tour travelled to Turkey last week for its second-last event of the 2013 season, the Turkish Open, which was won by France's Victor Dubuisson. The 23-year-old Frenchman led the field overnight, starting Sunday's final round with a five-shot lead, and held on to the top position throughout the day to beat Britain's Jamie Donaldson and claim the title.
Dubuisson was faced with heavy competition at the $7 million event, which is the final lead up to next week's season-ending tournament in Dubai. Mustering his skill and keeping his nerves in check, the happy-go-lucky Frenchman held off his rivals - including world number one Tiger Woods – to seal his victory on Sunday.
A visibly moved Dubuisson told journalists he was overwhelmed by his victory at the prestigious event, and though he may not be in the running to win the Race to Dubai, his victory on Sunday has made the overall winner of the European Tour's 2013 Order of Merit that much harder to predict. The top-ranked European player will be announced after next week's DP World Tour Championship.
On the US PGA Tour, the McGladrey Classic was won by local favourite Chris Kirk in a one-stroke victory over fellow-American Briny Baird and South Africa's Tim Clark.
Kirk weathered a tough field of competitors to clinch the title, holing a birdie at the seventeenth to set the scene for victory. The American recovered from a bogey at the fifteenth hole, which almost put him out of contention, with Baird hot on his trail.
The two Americans were level-pegging until the final hole, where Baird suffered a loss of form and finished the tournament with a bogey. This opened a window of opportunity for Kirk, who made par at the eighteenth to win.
Kirk's victory on Sunday marks his second win on the Tour, and comes almost three seasons after his victory at the 2011 Viking Classic. Now back in the winners' circle, the 28-year-old seems poised to continue his successful run in North American golf.
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