x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Poulter breaks his duck in US

Ian Poulter outplayed his fellow Briton Paul Casey 4&2 to win the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain, his first tournament triumph in the USA.

MARANA, ARIZONA // Ian Poulter outplayed his fellow Briton Paul Casey 4&2 to win the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain, his tournament triumph in the USA. "To finally win over here, it means everything," said a delighted Poulter. "I'm just so happy to finally win on American soil." "I was very comfortable on the course. I felt in control of my game all week. I don't know if there was any given point where it was going to be my week, but I just felt very calm."

The win gave Poulter a US$1.4million (Dh5.1m) winner's cheque and lifted him up to fifth in the world rankings. Poulter, who collected his first ATP title with the victory, was quoted a couple of years ago as saying something along the lines that he felt he could challenge Tiger Woods for the No 1 spot, were he to fulfil his potential. "I didn't quite say it was just me and Tiger but I felt that if I could deliver what I believed I could, then I could put myself in a good situation and I've certainly done that over the last 18 months and I've certainly been able to deliver on that," he added.

Poulter dominated most of the 36-hole final, trailing for only one hole early on before taking the lead for good at the seventh. He was two-up after 18 holes and never led by less during the second round. "Ian played great stuff. You're probably going to write Casey played rubbish but you have to realise Ian played excellent golf," said Casey. "I think he kept it in play on every single hole around here, and made a lot of clutch putts. He's putting very, very well."

Poulter, 34, has employed science to hone his putting, using a new system that charts the exact break on the greens. "I don't know if I want to give the secret away but I've done a lot of homework on the greens this week," he said. * Reuters