Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Victor Dubuisson  (Getty Images)
Victor Dubuisson (Getty Images)

Victor Dubuisson believes mastering the greens will be key if he is to win the ISPS HANDA Perth International this week.

The Frenchman finished second here at Lake Karrinyup Country Club 16 months ago, when a closing round of 66 fired him up the leaderboard but was not enough to catch winner Thorbjørn Olesen.

And if he is to go one better this week, Dubuisson believes getting to grips with the fast greens in potentially windy conditions will be vital.

"I think the difficult thing this week will be the greens, because they are getting very dry and quick with the wind, and I think it's going to get very hot in the next couple of days," he said.

"I played today and it's not easy at all. We know it's a tricky course, the greens are not easy to read. You know you really have to hit the ball straight from the tee. So it's always a tough challenge, this course.

"If the wind gets blowing and the temperature gets more hot, I think that it will not be a lot about the grain, but more the speed of the greens. To stop the ball on the green from the fairway, it will be very difficult. If the greens get dry, I don't think we will see really low scores this year."

I came close two years ago. So you always want to try to make it better and win - Victor Dubuisson

Dubuisson is playing just his third tournament of the season after finishing in a tie for fourth at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and missing the cut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

But after some time at home practising with his new equipment, he returns to action hoping to rediscover the form which saw him qualify for the Ryder Cup team in 2014.

"I didn't play a lot because I changed my playing equipment this year," he said. "I didn't really find the right set-up on my clubs in Abu Dhabi, so, I decided to go back home and just work on setting my grip and now I think everything is fine.

"It takes some time, and that's why I didn't want to play tournaments and maybe lose the confidence. I just prefer to prepare at home and really find the right setting on my clubs before I will start the season."

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