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Former Ryder Cup player surprisingly withdraws from LIV Golf qualifying event to retire

Instead of trying to revitalize his career with LIV Golf, a familiar face to many European golf fans has called it quits.

Victor Dubuisson, DP World Tour
Victor Dubuisson gets ready to play a shot during the 2022 Acciona Open de España.
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Jack Milko Jack Milko has been playing golf since he was five years old. He has yet to record a hole-in-one, but he did secure an M.A. in Sports Journalism from St. Bonaventure University.

Frenchman Victor Dubuisson is calling it quits.

After entering his name into this week’s LIV Golf Qualifying Event in Abu Dhabi, Dubuisson had second thoughts. He has decided to retire at the age of 33, according to the French outlet L’Equipe.

“I feel like I’ve reached my limits, and I know I can find pleasure elsewhere. I’m convinced of that,” Dubuisson said.

“Many people will say that I could have done more and that I could have been world No. 1. But I’m more than happy with [my career]. 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.”

The Frenchman played on the victorious 2014 Ryder Cup team, earning 2.5 points for the Europeans. Only Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, and Dubusisson did not lose a match at Gleneagles in Scotland that week.

Victor Dubuisson, Ryder Cup
Victor Dubuisson tees off during Saturday foursomes at the 2014 Ryder Cup.
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The following February, Dubuisson saw his ranking rise all the way to 15th, a career-best. He competed in all four majors that year, but missed the cut in three of them. He tied for 18th at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

The year of his lone Ryder Cup appearance, however, Dubuisson looked like one of the best European golfers on the planet. He tied for ninth at the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool and then followed that up with a tie for seventh at the PGA Championship at Valhalla, both of which were won by Rory McIlroy.

But the native of Cannes, France, struggled to adapt to life on the PGA Tour, which may explain why he struggled in the United States throughout the 2015 season.

He felt more comfortable playing on the European tour as he split his time between the two circuits. Dubuisson won the 2015 Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya that fall.

Victor Dubuisson, DP World Tour, Turkish Airlines Open
Victor Dubuisson poses with the trophy after winning the 2015 Turkish Airlines Open.
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He consequently lost his PGA Tour card after the 2015 season, which led him to play solely on the European Tour in 2016 and 2017.

But his victory along the Turkish Riviera in 2015 would be his last professional victory, as Dubuisson struggled to garner momentum over the ensuing years. He lost his DP World Tour card after the 2022 season, as he finished 287th in the Race to Dubai standings. Hence why his name appeared among the inaugural LIV Golf Qualifying Event entrants.

But Dubuisson has decided to call it quits altogether and will head in another direction instead.

“It’s life. For me, it’s not an end,” Dubuisson added.

“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.”

Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko for more golf coverage. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough too.