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Dubuisson wins top award

Victor Dubuisson has been named Race To Dubai Golfer of the Month for February following his fine showing at the recent WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

The Frenchman gained worldwide acclaim when taking Australia's Jason Day to an additional five holes following a succession of Seve-like 'saves' from between the greenside catcus plants in the final in Arizona.

Dubuisson, who receives an engraved alms dish and a jeroboam of Champagne, won the 17th with a birdie and the 18th with a stunning shot from a greenside bunker to force the sudden death play-off.

Overtime gave him the chance to showcase his talents and two astounding recoveries from the desert at the 19th and 20th had the assembled spectators, and commentators, gasping.

Truly amazing

Sir Nick Faldo told American TV: "I saw Seve pull off some belters, but nothing as good as those from Victor. They were truly amazing, and a privilege to witness."

The 23-year-old, who won his maiden European Tour title at last year's Turkish Open, said: "It is a very nice award to win. It feels amazing. I couldn't believe even a few months ago that I would be winning something like this.

"I hope I will prove that I can do it again, and maybe win Golfer of the Month another time. Hopefully this is the start of something big for me.

"It was a big performance for me in Arizona and helped really improve my world ranking. I'm still a little disappointed not to have won the final, but I'm sure there will be plenty more opportunities to win more tournaments."

Sky Sports golf reporter James Haddock said: "The calm and measured way Victor went about playing his golf, in his first WGC event, was impressive enough, but the manner of his two amazing shots from the scrubland in extra holes were invention, risk taking and sheer genius all rolled up together.

"The measure of just how good those miracle shots were was supported by the sheer number of players praising him for showcasing European Tour talent and revitalising memories of the great Seve Ballesteros."