Oakley's Ian Poulter Wins Match Play Championships
Dressed in pink on a chilly day in the desert, Oakley’s Ian Poulter (wearing a Custom Flak Jacket XLJ with Polished White frame, white Ear Socks, silver Icon and his favorite Positive Red lenses) captured the biggest victory of his career Sunday by leading the final 28 holes and beating Paul Casey, 4 and 2, in the all-England final at the Match Play Championship.
Along winning his first World Golf Championship, the 34-year-old Poulter won for the first time on American soil.
Poulter won for the ninth time on the European Tour and moved to a career-best No. 5 in the world ranking. He earned $1.4 million, the biggest prize of his career.
IP is known mostly for what’s in his closet, but quickly is gaining a strong reputation for his prowess in match play. He improved his overall record in the Match Play Championship to 18-7, and was so dominant on the weekend that he trailed for only one hole over the final 50 holes of the tournament. And as always, he looked good getting there.“I’ve had an interesting ride from a lot of people’s point of view of how I present myself on the golf course, as opposed to how well I can actually perform,” Poulter said. “This to me is very pleasing to be able to be in that position now. I guess (No.) 5 in the world stands for more than just what I wear on the golf course.”
IP’s short game was second to none.
Poulter seized control in the morning session with two solid chips for birdies, then effectively closed out Casey with a deft pitch up the slope – with mud on his ball, no less – that settled inches away for one last birdie.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Poulter said, after closing out Casey with a par on the 34th hole. “I knew I was in great form. I felt comfortable all day on the golf course.”