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World No.37 Dubuisson flops at Perth golf

  • World No.37 Dubuisson flops at Perth golf

    Frenchman Victor Dubuisson will start as one of the favourites for the Perth International.

World No.37 Victor Dubuisson reckons it could take several months before he hits his straps following a recent equipment switch.

Dubuisson has played just the one tournament this year - a missed cut in Abu Dhabi - so he could spend extra time at home adjusting to his switch of clubs from Titleist to TaylorMade.

The 25-year-old will put his progress to the test when he fronts up at the $US1.75 million Perth International at Lake Karrinyup, starting Thursday.

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But he's not expecting any miraculous form reversal just yet.

"It takes some time, and that's why I didn't want to play tournaments and maybe lose the confidence," Dubuisson said.

"I just prefer to prepare at home and really find the right setting on my clubs before I will start the season.

"I'm okay with the driver, three-woods and irons.

"Now it's more about the new ball and wedging, matching the speed and the distance.

"I think I'm still a few months (away from being really comfortable)."

Dubuisson says his driving distance has improved between 15-20 yards since making the equipment switch, which could translate into a big advantage on the par fives.

And in the long term, he's hoping it will help him land an elusive major.

The Frenchman finished runner-up at the 2014 Perth International.

In that event, Dubuisson was still jetlagged during his opening round of 71.

But he posted a six-under 66 on the final day to almost steal victory from eventual champion Thorbjorn Olesen.

This year, Dubuisson arrived a day earlier - on Monday - in a bid to hit the ground running, and he hopes it could mean the difference between a near miss and victory.

World No.21 Louis Oosthuizen will start as the tournament favourite, while Olesen, Brett Rumford, Dubuisson, Mikko Ilonen, and Lucas Bjerregaard are others who are rated strong chances.

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