Poulter wins Hong Kong Open

Ian Poulter of England poses with his trophy after winning the Hong Kong Open golf tournament...

Ian Poulter of England poses with his trophy after winning the Hong Kong Open golf tournament November 21, 2010. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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FANLING, Hong Kong - Ian Poulter posted a three-under 67 on Sunday to earn a hard-fought victory at the Hong Kong Open, his 10th European Tour title.

Poulter finished at 22-under 258 and won by a single stroke over teenager Matteo Manassero (62) and Simon Dyson (65) at Hong Kong Golf Club.

Preferred lies were used throughout the week, including on Friday when Poulter fired a 60, so his winning total was actually two better than Fredrik Jacobson's 2003 tournament record.

"Today was pretty flawless golf," admitted Poulter in a televised interview. "I played great all week. It's just nice to be able to have another 'W'."

Anthony Kang shot a five-under 65 on Sunday and took fourth at 20-under 260.

U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell only managed a two-under 68 in the final round, but took fifth place at minus-19. He's still second to Martin Kaymer in the Race to Dubai with next week's season-ending Dubai World Championship on tap.

Poulter began the final round with a two-shot lead, but trouble came pretty quickly on Sunday. At the par-five third, Poulter's four-iron second shot landed in water. He made a bogey and fell a stroke behind Dyson, who chipped in for eagle at three and birdied the fourth.

Poulter rebounded at the very next hole. He rolled in a four-foot birdie putt at No. 4 and matched Dyson in first, but Dyson would move back in front. He converted a pair of six-foot birdie putts at six and seven, but Poulter roared back.

At the par-four sixth, Poulter knocked his approach inches from the flagstick. He tapped in the birdie effort, then hit it that close again at seven to tie Dyson at 21-under par.

Dyson missed a four-foot par save at the eighth and Poulter was alone in first. He never relinquished the lead although he had plenty of birdie opportunities the rest of the way.

Poulter finally extended his cushion thanks to an eagle at the 13th. He was three in front, but Manassero flew up the leaderboard to make things interesting.

Manassero birdied 12, eagled 13 and birdied 15 and 17 to get to 21-under par. Dyson sank a 12-footer for birdie at 15 and Poulter's lead shrunk to two shots.

After Dyson nearly made a lengthy birdie putt at 18, Poulter still held a two- shot margin on the 18th tee. Poulter found the fairway, but barely cleared the water with his second.

He landed in a bunker and blasted out to 15 feet. Poulter lagged his par putt down to tap-in range, then did just that for his 10th European Tour victory.

"After hitting a poor four-iron on the third hole, I think I pretty much had a birdie putt on every hole," said Poulter. "Make five on the last and get the job done, it's a good victory."

Rory McIlroy carded a three-under 67 and came in sixth at 18-under 262.

Gareth Maybin (61), Jamie Donaldson (66) and Jeev Milkha Singh (67) tied for seventh place at minus-17. Marcus Fraser's 66 on Sunday gave him 10th at 16- under 264.

NOTES: Poulter earned his first victory in the United States earlier this year at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship...Since the Ryder Cup in October, Poulter has a pair of top-15 finishes to go with his win on Sunday...Next week is the season finale, the Dubai World Championship, which was won last year by world No. 1 Lee Westwood...Kaymer is in position to win the season-long race.


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