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Last Updated: Monday, 28 February, 2005, 05:49 GMT
Beaten Poulter gets ranking boost
Britain's Ian Poulter moved up to a career-high 32nd in the world rankings despite his defeat in the third place play-off in the WGC-Match Play.

The 29-year-old lost to South African Retief Goosen at the second extra hole in a superb encounter.

"It's a shame to lose and I'm gutted," he said. "But I'm pleased with how I have played. It was a ridiculous match - we just holed putt after putt."

Poulter is now second behind Goosen in the European Order of Merit.

He next plays at the Ford Championship in Miami, which begins on Thursday.

World number one Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who all suffered surprise early exits in La Costa, are also in the Miami field.



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