Monday, July 19, 2010

French amateur ace Victor Dubuisson turns pro with IMG

French rising star Victor Dubuisson has turned professional and signed with leading global sports management company, IMG.
Twenty-year old Dubuisson turns professional after a glittering amateur career that saw him ranked No.1 in the Amateur world Rankings in 2009 and included a victory at the 2009 European Amateur Championship. This victory won him in invite to the 2010 Open Championship where he played alongside KJ Choi and Bubba Watson at St Andrews in his final tournament as an amateur.
A native of Cannes on France’s Côte d’Azur, Victor boasts an elegant golf swing that led his coach to nickname him ‘Mozart’ and a steely determination that belies his laid-back personality. He first came to prominence on the Amateur scene in 2008, with seven top-10 finishes proving both his ability and his consistency.
He continued to impress with four more top-10s in 2009 and three excellent results on the Challenge Tour whilst still an Amateur. His performance at the EurOpen de Lyon, contending for the title before finishing third, underlined his potential.
Victor commented, “I am very excited to be turning professional and am looking forward to working with IMG who manage so many of the players I have grown up admiring. Although I didn’t make the cut in the Open Championship after a tough first round, I learnt a lot from the week and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of playing alongside the world’s best players. I can’t wait to get to work trying to secure my playing rights for next year.
!I am very grateful to the Scandinavian Masters for giving me an invitation to play my first tournament as a professional. I have heard wonderful things about the Bro Hof Slott Golf Course and am very excited to get off to a good start in Sweden this week. I would also like to thank my friend Stephane Damiano for all his help throughout my amateur career.”
Guy Kinnings, IMG’s Director of Golf, EAME, said, “Victor has had a fantastic amateur career and we believe he has all the attributes in place to become a world-class player and a future star of European golf. We are happy he has selected IMG to manage all aspects of his career both on and off the course around the world and very much look forward to this next, exciting stage of his career.”
Victor will be managed by Duncan Reid and Patrice Barquez and will play a combination of European Tour and Challenge Tour events for the rest of the season.



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