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Victor Dubuisson: Graeme McDowell gives me confidence

Victor Dubuisson has revealed that playing alongside Graeme McDowell has given him the confidence to perform at this year's Ryder Cup.

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The Frenchman - competing in the event for the first time - has teamed with McDowell to pick up match victories in the foursomes on both Friday and Saturday after missing out on playing in the fourball format.

The European duo beat Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley on the opening day, before ending Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker's unbeaten run with a 5 and 4 victory on Saturday.

And Dubuisson has attributed his strong display to the dynamic between himself and Northern Irish Ryder Cup regular McDowell.

"Yes, it's inspired by the Ryder Cup and, of course, by being next to this man since I've been here the past few days," he said. "As I said yesterday [Friday], he's brought me so much confidence, and playing into this wind, it was perfect because I love this kind of weather.

"And playing with Graeme is really a dream for me."

Dubuisson and McDowell raced ahead with five birdies on the opening eight holes, and McDowell believes the strong start was all important in getting the better of Fowler and Walker.

We got off to a flyer," he remarked. "A dream start, really, when you go up against a pairing like this one.

"You really just have to try and keep the pedal to the metal.

"It's just been so much fun playing alongside this man [Dubuisson] the last two days.

"I can't say enough about how talented this kid is. He might be the best player I have played with since Rory McIlroy, and that's saying a lot."

Europe ended day two with a considerable 10-6 advantage over United States - the same margin by which they trailed heading into the last day at Medinah in 2012.

McDowell and Dubuisson will bookend the singles pairings on Sunday, with the former first out first fo face Jordan Spieth, while the latter is last up against Zach Johnson.

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