Ian Poulter cheered by win at UBS Hong Kong Open
Ian Poulter may gave disappointed a lot of people in the past weeks but he more than made up for it by bringing home a trophy from the UBS Hong Kong Open, his second victory for this year, after the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
No one would think that the three-under-par 67 he shot that led to a one-stoke victory over Italian teenager Matteo Manassero and his fellow Englishman Simon Dyson would still make the 34-year old Ryder Cup star frown.
Poulter’s concern should not come as a surprise considering that he ended up at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai and Singapore Open with disappointing finishes. True enough, the reward for his hard work today has made him feel better.
The Ryder Cup star had been happy with his form and he was pleased to see his hard work rewarded today as he added to his WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship victory from earlier this year.
“It feels more than good,” Poulter said of the victory in Hong Kong. “I’ll be honest, the last two weeks I have been really disappointed.
“In Shanghai I was fourth with six holes to play while last week [in Singapore] I was in position to win again but didn’t do it.
“Today I have hit as many good shots as I have in a long time. I felt calm all day and I thought if I kept going round and doing my business I would make enough birdie putts to win.”
Dyson, who picked up three birdies over his next four holes after starting with an eagle on the third, had given a strong challenge to Poulter.
“I’m disappointed. I played lovely today. I just didn’t hole a thing on the back nine,” Dyson said. “Still, it has been a great week. It’s good to take this form into the last tournament of the year.”