Altvater: England’s Poulter wins WGC-HSBCWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
The hero of the European Ryder Cup Team, Ian Poulter of England, picked up his 12th European Tour win and the second official PGA Tour win of his career at the WGC-HSBC at Mission Hills Resort in China.
Poulter fired a final-round seven-under-par 65 to beat American Jason Dufner, who turned in the low round of the day with a 64. Ernie Els, Scott Piercy and Phil Mickelson also finished joint second with Dufner at 19-under-par, two shots behind Poulter.
Poulter’s last win came in May 2011 at the Volvo World Match Play Championships. His only other win on the PGA Tour was the 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Louis Oosthuizen and Lee Westwood led after 54 holes, but both players could only muster even-par 72s on Sunday and fell to T-6.
The beautiful Mission Hills Resort is the largest golf resort in the world and features 12 championship golf courses designed by the biggest names in golf. Els, Greg Norman, Annika Sorenstam, Nick Faldo, Vijay Singh and Pete Dye all have signature courses on the property.
The WGC-HSBC was played over the Jose Maria Olazabal course and low scoring was the order of the week.
Els and Louis Oosthuizen set the new course record Nov. 2 with a pair of 63s, but Brandt Snedeker obliterated those with a 12-under-par 60 on Nov. 3. He could only manage a 71 on Nov. 4 to finish T-11.