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New Stars Fall On Arizona

MARANA, ARIZONA | While Jason Day was winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship from dawn to dusk Sunday at Dove Mountain, Victor Dubuisson was becoming a star. Both are significant. Professional golf, built on personalities and stars, can’t have too many. At Dove Mountain, Day reconfirmed his place – moving to No. 4 in the world – while Dubuisson arrived like a sudden storm. Day is familiar. He’s just 26 but he seems older because he has flirted with a handful of major-championship victories. It’s hard to believe
he’d only won once on the PGA Tour before he finally finished off Dubuisson with a birdie on the fifth extra hole of their championship match early Sunday evening. He won the World Cup in his native Australia in November, just days after eight relatives, including his grandmother, perished in a typhoon that struck the Philippines. That victory had an emotional resonance perhaps only Day can fully appreciate. This victory answered the nagging question of when he’d win again even if he had a dogged time trying to finish off the 23-year-old Frenchman who already is being mentioned as a possible foursomes partner with Graeme McDowell at the Ryder Cup in September.


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