Dubuisson wary of Ryder Cup talk
Victor Dubuisson of France tees off during the second round of the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2014 - by Jim Watson
The softly-spoken Frenchman has been atop of the European points table since capturing last October’s Turkish Airlines Open.
Dubuisson then cemented his place in Paul McGinley’s team by finishing runner-up in February’s WGC–Accenture Match-Play Championship while he strengthened his grip on the top qualifying spot by being joint second in the recent Nordea Masters.
In fact, Dubuisson heads the European Team points table by 110,868 points from second place Henrik Stenson.
“I don’t know if I am in the team yet and I am going to have to keep playing well if I am going to make the team,” he said ahead of this week’s French Open near Versailles.
“Of course, I would love to be playing in the Ryder Cup but there is still many qualifying tournaments to play including two majors and a WGC event.
“So my goal is just to keep playing so that I can be certain of playing for Europe.”
But then when McGinley was brought up-to-date with Dubuisson’s remarks he laughed off the young Frenchman’s team stance.
McGinley said: “He’s probably being diplomatic, but I can say for sure he’ll be in the team (laughing).”
However McGinley, who is also competing this week at Le National course, which will stage the 2018 Ryder Cup, ruled out any cause to sit down at length with Dubuisson other than a passing chat that the Irishman has been undertaking with most of those in the make-up to be in his side.
“I’m in communication with all the players but it’s just giving them about five to 10 minutes and leaving any lengthy talks till after the US PGA, as I don’t want to get inside their minds too much at this stage,” said McGinley.
“As for Victor, I’ve played alongside Victor a number of times but not since I was made captain.
“And I won’t make a point of asking the Tour to be paired with him over coming months. I know his game and I know what he does.”
And with Tiger Woods returning to competition this week on the PGA Tour, McGinley stressed the importance of Woods being a part of this year’s Ryder Cup even though, at this stage, he will require a wildcard pick to be a member of Tom Watson’s side.
“Of course, it’s going to take a while for Tiger to get his game back and I’ve said before the Ryder Cup is one of the greatest sporting events in the world and if Tiger Woods is fit then you want to see him playing at Gleneagles,” said McGinley.
“The Ryder Cup will definitely benefit from his participation as he’s still the biggest draw card in the game.”
McGinley again stressed the need for Gleneagles players and fans alike to not go overboard with regards to behaviour.
“Tom (Watson) and I have talked about this coming Ryder Cup and drawing a line under the level of sportsmanship and the level of cheering that we don’t want to cross,” said McGinley.
“I have been strong about this point as we don’t want any untoward behaviour but then I don’t expect that, and that it will be a very passionate noise, and that’s what makes the Ryder Cup so special because everyone gets so caught up in the Ryder Cup.”