Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell and Ernie Els.
These are just three of the players that Victor Dubuisson defeated en route to making the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship this year, before eventually succumbing to Jason Day in the 23rd hole of the final.
This bodes well for Europe’s prospects at the Ryder Cup and Dubuisson is 17/20 with bwin to win his final-day single to help Paul McGinley’s men in their quest for glory.
However, the more likely scenario is that Dubuisson won’t be collecting his singles point towards the European total and there are two main trains of thought for this opinion.
The first is the dismal record of the French in the competition. Of all of the individual nations to have provided a golfer for the European team, France’s win percentage of 16.67 is the worst.
Thomas Levet and Jean van de Velde secured just one point between them in their lone Ryder Cup appearances.
The second is the terrible record of European debutants in recent singles renewals.
Nicolas Colsearts was the sole debutant in 2012 and was beaten 3&2 by Dustin Johnson. There were six Ryder virgins in 2010 and four of these lost on day three, while Rory McIlroy and Edoardo Molinari halved their respective matches.
Punters have to go back to 2008 at Valhalla for the last example of a European rookie winning in the singles, when McDowell defeated Stewart Cink.
Justin Rose also triumphed that year with a memorable success over Phil Mickelson, although Oliver Wilson and Soren Hansen were beaten by lesser-known US pair Boo Weekley and JB Holmes respectively.
This indicates that the 17/20 that Dubuisson fails to win his singles showdown is a better bet than the same price that he does.
For those believing that the 24-year-old will prove this theory emphatically wrong, Dubuisson is 20/1 to end the Ryder Cup as the European team’s top points scorer.