Ian Poulter Comes From Behind To Win HSBC Champions in China
Ian Poulter has had an amazing fall season, beginning with his marvelous display at the Ryder Cup in Illinois in August. Poulter won all four of his matches at the Medinah Country Club just outside of Chicago, which pitted the top US golfers against the best of the Europeans. Following up his impressive performance in the United States, Poulter came from behind at the HSBC Champions in Shenzen, China to overcome a world class group of Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner, Scott Piercy and Ernie Els who all tied for second. Poulter compiled a staggering 21-under, 267 on the weekend at Mission Hills Olazabal Course in China. This was Poulter’s first victory of the 2012 season.
Poulter began the final day in China four shots off the lead. He put together a brilliant seven-under 65 to overcome the four shot deficit and finish two shots ahead of the next golfers. Poulter shot four birdies on the front nine and two more on the back during his final, winning round. With the victory in China, Poulter collected a $1.2 million check, moving him up to fourth in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
“I’ve only been one season without a victory and I certainly didn’t want to go another one,” Poulter said. “As well as I’ve played this year, it would have been a disappointment personally to have gone that year without winning.”
This was Poulter’s first win since his victory at the World Match Play Championship in Spain in 2011. His other World Golf Championship victory came in 2010 in Arizona at the Match Play Championship.
“It’s been an amazing five or six weeks with The Ryder Cup and then coming here in good spirits,” said Poulter. “I played well last week and took a lot from that. I knew that if I stayed patient I’d be right there at the end”.
Poulter was definitely “right there at the end” and he proved his flare for late match dramatics. Poulter has been a fiery, emotional player this season and throughout his career and his victory in China was proof that the Englishman is still at the top of his game. Congratulations to Poulter on his HSBC Champions victory.