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Looking back at the extraordinary 2014 WGC-Match Play final: Day vs Dubuisson

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Though we may be missing what was scheduled to be the 2020 WGC-Match Play this week, it seems like as good a time as any to delve into the vault and look back on a classic Match Play final.

Here I’ll take you back to what was one of the most memorable finals in recent history between Jason Day and Victor Dubuisson.

Day (26) had been tipped for greatness throughout his young career and had raced effortlessly to the final in the desert.

Less was known about Dubuisson (23). Despite a win a few months earlier at the Turkish Airlines Open, the Frenchman had appeared previously just three times stateside, failing to make much of an impression.

The Match

Dove Mountain, Arizona was the setting, and by the 13th hole, the match looked done and dusted, with the heavy favorite Day forging himself a 3up lead – before it began to slowly slip away.

Dubuisson took the 13th hole, but despite a birdie at the 15th, the Frenchman was staring down the barrel remaining 2down with two to play. Facing a 12-foot putt to stay alive on 17, Dubuisson held his nerve pouring the putt in the middle to take it to the last.

On the final hole, Dubuisson saved par from the bunker which left Day two putts from 68-feet to wrap up his first WGC title.

The Australian’s first putt settled 10-feet from the cup, and ready to capture the second PGA Tour title of his career, Day’s par attempt was dead-center from the moment the ball left his flat-stick. But he agonizingly failed to hit it, leaving it short and in the jaws and taking us to extra holes.

Back in 2014, as silly as it sounds knowing what we know in 2020, doubts lingered about Day’s ability to close. He had won just once on Tour (2010), had three times been the bridesmaid at majors and at the 2013 Masters held the lead with three holes to play before stumbling home with two fatal bogeys.

With Day losing a 3up lead with just six holes to play and then leaving his 10-foot putt on 18 for victory short, it seemed like the 26-year-old could be hit with another mental scar.

But those fears looked to alleviate themselves when on the first playoff hole his competitor found the base of a cactus.

The final will forever be remembered for the sequence of events that followed.

Dubuisson’s Magic

In any other circumstances, Dubuisson would likely have taken an unplayable. But in a do or die position, the Frenchman summoned up one of the most remarkable up and downs you’re likely to see – knocking the ball from the cactus to 4 feet from the hole and extending the match.

On the very next hole, Dubuisson found trouble again in the form of a bush surrounded by rocks. To do it once was remarkable, to do it twice was borderline ridiculous. But the enigmatic 23-year did just that, swiping at the ball, hitting it to 8-feet, holing the putt as if it was nothing and extending the final.

All Day could do was laugh or cry. He chose the former.

The After-Effect

Day would go on to win the final, birdieing the fifth playoff hole and perhaps changing the course of his career. Tagged with an inability to close before the WGC-Match Play win, this victory was undoubtedly the catalyst in the Australian’s career. Nineteen months after winning his second title on Tour, Day had racked up a further five victories, including his single major title to date at the 2015 PGA Championship.

For Dubuisson, later that year he would shine at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, winning 2.5 points from three matches and was described by playing partner Graeme McDowell as “Europe’s next superstar”.

As of 2020, that proclamation has failed to materialize, with Dubuisson suffering massively with a perforated eardrum which saw him appear just twice in 2018, and he has since only twice claimed top-10 finishes on the European Tour.

Day didn’t trail once over his final 53 holes at the 2014 event, triumphing in the desert to kick start an incredible run that would see him climb to the summit of the sport.

But ask anyone who watched the 2014 WGC-Match Play final and their first recollection will almost always be the two extraordinary escapes the cool Frenchman gifted us to prove that sometimes there can be glory in defeat.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Josh

    Mar 27, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Best back to back up and downs I’ve EVER seen. I still remember watching that event love and was in disbelief. Partly luck, bit for lightning to strike twice in a row….

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The DailyWRX: What’s buzzing on social media 5/28/2020

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This is what I love about the golf world….no matter how good the Match 2 was we already campaigning for the next thing. If it becomes what we are asking for, it could be the biggest TV draw this game has ever seen.

This is why Elkington had a good point…

Mic’ing these guys up would be interesting, but very few of the players are that light-hearted during a competition. I think Phil saying he would “consider it” means “sure, maybe once during the first round at AT&T”

I feel like this is gonna go down….

Steph is in, Phil is obviously in. If MJ says yes, TW is in. Yup that pencils out. LFG

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Steph’s got next. ???? #TeamCallaway

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Can you imagine the “lockdown” without pro tracer vids?

I don’t wanna live in that world.

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Jon Rahm. A ball-striking machine ????

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I disagree…

Sorry boys, the chatter was what made it fun to watch. I agree that I’d love to hear them walk through shots (and we got that) but this was also a social round and Phil is a king in this setting. He’s not the same dude during tourney play.

Copy that CPG…

Sorry I missed it.

Any hot tips? DM @johnny_wunder

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Greg Norman on The Match, Medalist, and the key to getting inside Michael Jordan’s head on the course

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On Tuesday, Greg Norman hosted a live edition of his SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio show, Attack Life Radio, where he discussed a number of topics relating to the game.

Speaking on The Match: Champions for Charity, Norman was full of praise for the event which raised over $20 million for Covid Relief, and also highlighted the philanthropic nature of the U.S. – which he believes is unlike any other country.

*All quotes courtesy of Greg Norman’s show, Attack Life Radio, on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio*

“I thought it was actually very compelling. … I thought from a television perspective I thought they did extremely well under the very tough adverse weather conditions. I thought the guys were completely engaging, not only from a joke standpoint, but engaging with Charles Barkley and the commentating booth. For people who had been frustrated in not seeing live sport for a long, long period of time, I believe the ratings were fantastic.

Kudos to Woods and Mickelson and Peyton Manning and Tom Brady for doing what they did [Sunday]. They raised a lot of money. I think it was like $20 million and it goes to show you how fantastic this country is. I’ve travelled the world, been to many, many different places, but never ever have I seen a country so philanthropic as what the United States is.”

Despite being one of the original designers of Medalist, Norman received no mention during Sunday’s broadcast, and many were surprised and curious in the week leading up to the event that he had not been invited to take part in the occasion.

After a caller asked Norman how he felt about not being mentioned, the multiple major champ refused to get drawn into the politics surrounding the subject – for which he drew praise from Co-host Brian Katrek.

For Norman, concerning his and Pete Dye’s work on Medalist: “as long as Tiger calls it his home golf course that’s a testament to Pete Dye and myself.”

“To get into the pettiness of what was going on leading up to the Match is really insignificant in the overall scheme of things. Small minds deliver small messages so at the end of the day I know what I’ve done. I know what Pete did. I know what we created. The members at the time, we filled up the membership very very quickly there because of the DNA, the culture of the club that I was a president of for over a decade. So I did something right, there’s no question. So the pettiness of a few is not going to spoil what’s in my brain about it. And I still get out there and play a little bit every now and then with my son. And at the end of the day, like I said, as long as Tiger calls it his home golf course that’s a testament to Pete Dye and myself.”

After ‘The Last Dance’, Michael Jordan has been a hot topic to discuss, and during Tuesday’s show, Norman revealed his key to getting inside Jordan’s head on the course.

“When I played with Michael he kind of felt like he could get the ball out there a long way. So sometimes when you are an athlete the first thing you start with is, like I said, understanding your competition and do you need to get into their head a little bit? With Michael I would just pound a drive as hard as I possibly could do in the first two or three holes just to get it by him by 10 or 20 or 30 yards or whatever you could do. And then the rest of the round he was just trying to outdrive you. So, psychologically you can play that game as well.”

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (5.28.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Callaway’s new Raw T-grind wedges.

Circa 62 finished up by Embrace Putters.

1992 Callaway Bobby Jones Irons.

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Callaway Bobby Jones Irons: 1992

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Awesome looking cover from Sugar Skull Golf.

Which was your favorite, WRXers?

Lefty Love from Tyson Lamb.

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Lefty Love. #weldNeckWednesday

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Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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