Poulter Wins 10th Euro Tour Title
HONG KONG | Ian Poulter came back from an
early run by Simon Dyson to win the UBS Hong
Kong Open by one from his main challenger.
Poulter’s victory at Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling was his 10th on the European Tour. Poulter,
34, finished with a 3-under 67 to post 72 holes
at 258, 22-under par.
Dyson tied for second with 17-year-old Matteo Manassero of Italy, who shot 62 in the final
round. Both players were at 21-under 259 at the
Poulter, who had held the lead since a
second-round 10-under 60, was quickly down by
two to Dyson, who went 5 under in his first seven
holes and wound up with his third straight 65.
But Poulter came back with three birdies on the
front nine and an eagle on the par- 5 13th with a
driver and fairway wood to 12 feet.
“It feels more than good,” Poulter said. “I’ll
be honest, the last two weeks I’ve been really
disappointed. Shanghai (two weeks ago) I was
lying fourth with six holes to play.
“Obviously, last week (Singapore), I was in
the lead for a number of holes. I was in position
again to win and I didn’t do it – I didn’t convert
the putts. I played nicely on Sunday – on Monday shall I say – and didn’t quite convert the
putts, and I’ve played great all week this week.
“I think today, I actually played better to
shoot 3 under than I did 10 under. I don’t think
I’ve hit as many good golf shots today in a long
time. So it was nice, I felt calm all day. I felt as
if I just kept going around doing my business,
I’d make a few birdie putts and that would be
enough to win. It’s very pleasing to do so.”
American Anthony Kang took fourth ahead
of Graeme McDowell – who having been second
overnight will be disappointed not to have made
a bigger dent in Martin Kaymer’s Race to Dubai
lead. Rory McIlroy was sixth alone at 18 under.
The win also moves Poulter back inside the
top 10 on the Official World Golf Ranking and
increases his earnings in The Race to Dubai
to € 1,983,142 – the most he has ever won in a
single European Tour season.
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