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Wednesday, 03 September 2014
Victor Dubuisson  (Getty Images)
Victor Dubuisson (Getty Images)

Victor Dubuisson expects the course changes at this week’s Omega European Masters will make scoring more difficult than in previous years.

The Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club course has undergone several changes since the Frenchman tied for third last season, finishing a stroke behind eventual winner Thomas Björn who ended the weekend on 20 under.

Dubuisson suspects the changes, most significantly some exaggerated run-offs around the greens, will make for harder work.

“The winning score will probably be around five or six shots higher than in previous years, because the course is now a par 70 and also the greens are a little harder to hit,” he said.

“So if you get to around 15 under, I think you’ll have a great chance of winning this week.”

Dubuisson returns to Switzerland believing he can again make a challenge for the title and a second European Tour crown of his career.

“I hope so. I love this course and this tournament,” the 24 year old said.

“I didn’t play that well the first few years, because it’s a course you need to get to know well. But last year I managed to play well and came close to winning, so that obviously gives me confidence for this week.

“The changes have definitely improved the course, so hopefully I can have another good performance.”

While Dubuisson believes the layout at Crans-sur-Sierre fits his game, the Alpine scenery also agrees with him to make it as a venue he enjoys returning to.

“For sure, it’s beautiful here,” he said.

“It’s lovely to breathe this fresh mountain air, and the views are spectacular. It’s a tricky course, especially the greens, but I think it now suits me.”

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