Poulter grabs victory at Mission Hills
A dramatic victory for Ian Poulter completed a historic day in the sun for the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament at Mission Hills, Dongguan, China.
Ryder Cup hero Poulter grabbed the glory and his second World Golf Championships title with a final day round of 65 for a 21-under-par total 267.
Poulter, who has played in all of the WGC-HSBC Champions events, shot a second successive score of -7 to repel the challenge of four time major winner Phil Mickelson, Open Champion Ernie Els plus joint-overnight leaders Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen.
The 36-year-old, who won the WGC-Accenture Matchplay Championships in 2010, said:
“It’s a great and fantastic feeling, especially after the Ryder Cup to get my hands back on a great trophy like this. The HSBC Champions is a great tournament and one that I have enjoyed coming to for many years.
“Winning this is part of a continuation of the Ryder Cup and I am riding that wave as much as I possibly can and hopefully I can continue to bottle as much of that as I possibly can. I know I’ve got the golf game to go out there are win majors.”
The tournament will now be moving back to Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai in 2013 after this year’s event was staged at Mission Hills, Dongguan.
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