Undercut: Star Golfer Ian Poulter Tops Luke Donald at Volvo Match Play Championship

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If anyone has ever overlooked Ian Poulter, they were just reminded why it’s a dumb idea.

Oakley’s British hotshot Golfer stormed back from behind with a killer 10-foot putt to top Luke Donald at the Volvo Match Play Championship at the Finca Cortesin Club in Spain.

Down three times in the match, his putt on the penultimate green not only landed him the big victory, but it also prevented Donald from claiming the World No. 1 ranking.

As a player who thrives in the pressure cooker and steps up to the plate, Ian’s performance in the last three holes in the quarter-finals – birdying all three – powered him though a two-hole deficit to Francesco Molinari to advance.

The semi-final was just as brilliant, as he clipped Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium – who was three-up at one point before Oakley’s renegade bested him at the first extra hole.

I just kind of hung in there and you just need a bit of momentum," Poulter said after that contest. “I think experience was crucial. Nicolas had the upper hand with length [he was the Tour’s biggest hitter last season] and I just had to trust my short game.”

The short game has definitely been his strength. Although Donald held the lead at the second with a par, he dropped a bogey on the fourth and fifth – allowing Ian to take the lead. The remainder of the match was a see-saw battle – but at the end of the day, it was Poulter who emerged with the win – solidified by a pitch to three feet on the 14th.

“It’s a nice boost,” Ian continued. “Plenty of questions have been asked of me over the last five months.”

The questions are at rest for now.

Congrats to Ian for the victory (and Happy Birthday Luke)!

Author

Andrew De Lara

Date

May 28, 2011

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