Former Ryder Cup winner Victor Dubuisson announces retirement from professional golf at age 33
French golfer Victor Dubuisson, best known for his role in Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup victory, has announced his retirement from professional golf at the age of 33. In an interview published on Tuesday, Dec. 5, Dubuisson revealed his decision to step away from the sport.
The former world number 15 cited a series of injuries as the reason for his decline in form, noting that he is currently ranked outside the top 1,000. “It’s life, for me it’s not an end,” Dubuisson told French sports daily L’Equipe. “I started from nothing, so I’m extremely satisfied with what I’ve done. I still see myself as a little kid with my little bag and my Decathlon clubs. I was not predestined to have this career at all.”
Dubuisson’s career highlights include victories at the Turkish Open in 2013 and 2015, as well as going unbeaten in three matches in Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup victory. He also finished runner-up to Jason Day in a dramatic WGC World Matchplay final in 2014.
Despite only playing eight events on the European Tour last season and posting a highest finish of 69th, Dubuisson remains content with his career. “Many people will say that I could have done more and that I could have been world number one,” he said. “But I’m more than happy with it. I don’t live in regret all the time. When I look behind me, where I started and where I am, I can tell you that I am very happy.”
Dubuisson also posted two top-10 finishes at major tournaments, in the British Open and PGA Championship nine years ago. His retirement marks the end of a successful career on the professional golf circuit.