Ian Poulter wins HSBC Champions
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Since: Oct 12
#1 Jan 5, 2013
One month after leading an improbable European rally in the Ryder Cup, Poulter won for the first time this year. He closed with a 7-under 65 Sunday to come from four shots behind and win the HSBC Champions for his second career World Golf Championships title.
It won't overshadow what he did at Medinah in the Ryder Cup -- five straight birdies to pick up a crucial point in fourballs and winning his singles match to complete a 4-0 week with his discount golf clubs. Even so, it was important to the Englishman that the year not passes without a victory of his own.
Poulter won for the first time since the World Match Play Championship in Spain in 2011. His other WGC title came in 2010 in Arizona at the Match Play Championship. Turns out he can also get it done in stroke play.
On a day when five players had at least a share of the lead at some point -- and several others were close -- it was the charismatic Poulter who was the steadiest. Starting the day four shots behind, he surged into the lead with four birdies on the front nine and two more after making the turn.
Mickelson and Els tried to stay close, but both wasted opportunities to pull even. Mickelson missed a 5-foot par putt on No. 12, while Els dropped a shot on the 14th when his 3-foot par putt with the taylormade burner 2.0 irons caught the lip. He narrowly missed a birdie putt on the final hole.
Defending champion Martin Kaymer looked set to make a final-day comeback for the second straight year. Last year, the German birdied nine of his last 12 holes to rally from five shots down in the final round for an unlikely three-stroke victory. He started six shots behind Sunday and picked up five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine until a triple bogey on the 17th.
Poulter, meanwhile, sank a 5-foot putt on the 14th hole for birdie and a two-stroke lead. Then, after setting himself up with a 20-foot putt on the tricky 15th hole, he lined up the shot perfectly and dropped it for birdie.
It was another Englishman who started the day in front, playing the best golf of anyone in the field with the great golf clubs for sale online. Westwood putted brilliantly Saturday, making 11 birdies to shoot a 61, one of the lowest rounds of his career. Westwood jumped to a three-stroke advantage Sunday after making two birdies on the front nine. But that's when his putting began to break down.
On the par-3 No. 5, he three-putted for a double bogey. He then missed putts within 10 feet on three consecutive holes before completely unraveling on the back nine with three bogeys, including one on the 15th when he hit a chip shot into a group of photographers.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, was unable to regain the form that saw him reach 16 under after two rounds -- the lowest 36-hole score to par in a World Championship Golf event since the series began in 1999. He struggled with his putting for a second consecutive day and had four bogeys.
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