Poulter wins Australian Masters

2011-12-18 11:59
Ian Poulter (File)
Melbourne - England's Ian Poulter shot a near-flawless four-under-par 67 in windy conditions to reel in overnight leader Geoff Ogilvy and win the Australian Masters by three strokes on Sunday.

The much-anticipated final round shoot-out between the Briton and the Australian failed to materialise as Ogilvy surrendered his two-stroke overnight lead on the first hole and plunged to third after wilting with a bogey-strewn back nine.

"It was flawless, the whole day. I was very happy how I approached every shot, hit my targets," the flamboyant Poulter told reporters with the tournament's crystal globe trophy perched next to him.

"I love being in contention, that's why I play this game of golf. If you're down the field there's no adrenalin, there's no excitement, there's no real interest.

"So that's why I practise hard to put myself in this position to enjoy the fact of being under pressure because you find out who you are."

Australia's Marcus Fraser finished second after a scintillating 64 but was long in the clubhouse leaving Ogilvy as the sole realistic hope of stemming Poulter's victory charge.

Poulter, a model of composure throughout the tournament despite battling food poisoning on Friday and tricky winds over the weekend, threw down the gauntlet on the very first hole.

Landing his tee-shot on the green of the driveable par-four, Poulter drilled a 15-foot putt for eagle to draw level with Ogilvy on 13-under.

"Crucial ... it was a very timely tee-shot," said Poulter.

"The wind being as strong as it was, 25 miles an hour, it was a difficult shot ... He gave me an opportunity there to try and roll it in to be all tied with 17 to play."

The 35-year-old then piled on the pressure with birdies on the seventh and ninth holes to take a two-stroke lead leaving Ogilvy scrambling.

On Saturday the Australian had lit up Victoria Golf Club, where he had been a member since his junior days, with a course-record equalling 63, but the magic deserted him as his approaches left him long, speculative putts that refused to drop.

Ogilvy grafted a pair of clutch putts to stay in touch in the middle stretches, but the pressure told as he conceded bogeys at 13 and 15 to go four down.

The Australian holed a long birdie putt on the 16th to briefly raise a slender hope, but Poulter slammed the door shut with a long birdie putt of his own to make the result a formality and add the tournament's "golden jacket" to his colourful wardrobe.

The slumping loss left Ogilvy crestfallen and capped a disappointing year marred by injury and a winless season on the US Tour.

"It has been a frustrating year," a stony-faced Ogilvy said. "This is kind of how the year has gone, days like today.

"What are you going to do? I couldn't really make a birdie all day."

Poulter's 269 total secured him a winner's cheque of A$180 000 ($180 000) and was his first tournament victory since beating Luke Donald in the World Match Play Championship final in Spain in May.

World No 1 Donald capped his last week of golf for the year with a scratchy one-over 72 to finish joint 12th with a total of 280, 11 behind Poulter.

"I struggled a little bit the whole week, especially finding my line and speed on the greens," said the 34-year-old, the first winner of both the US and European Tour money lists in the same year.

"A little bit disappointing to finish like that but I'll reflect on what's been an amazing year for me."

Leading final round scores: (Aus unless stated)

269 – Ian Poulter (Eng) 65 68 69 67
272 – Marcus Fraser 70 69 69 64
273 – Geoff Ogilvy 71 66 63 73
277 – Adam Crawford 74 68 69 66 , Peter Senior 69 70 68 70
278 – Ashley Hall 66 70 68 74 , Kieran Pratt 67 70 69 72 , Brad Kennedy 71 69 69 69
279 – Peter Lonard 67 70 69 73 , Kurt Barnes 70 71 70 68 , Nathan Green 69 68 67 75
280 – Brent McCullough 71 66 70 73 , David Smail 70 73 65 72 , Jarrod Lyle 67 71 70 72 , Luke Donald (Eng) 69 70 69 72 , Luke Hickmott 70 71 68 71 , Cameron Percy 70 69 69 72 , John Senden 70 70 67 73 , Robert Allenby 73 70 67 70 , Greg Chalmers 69 70 67 74 , Peter Fowler 71 67 71 71
281 – Daniel Fox 74 70 68 69 , Steven Bowditch 70 69 67 75 , Brendan Jones 69 68 71 73 , Leigh Deagan 74 70 69 68
282 – Peter Wilson 74 67 70 71 , Nicholas Cullen 72 68 69 73 , Matthew Giles 67 68 71 76
283 – Craig Parry 75 69 71 68 , Gareth Paddison 69 71 70 73 , Craig Scott 72 69 69 73 , Stephen Leaney 72 70 74 67, Matteo Manaserro (Ita) 76 67 72 68 , James Nitties 69 70 72 72 

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