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Poulter secures Singapore title

FINAL ROUND LEADERBOARD:
-10 I Poulter (Eng) -9 L Weng-chong (Chi) -8 S Hend (Aus), A Scott (Aus)
-7 G McDowell (NI), A Hansen (Den), C Schwartzel (SA)
Selected others:-4 E Els (SA), P Mickelson (US), J Rose (Eng)


Ian Poulter
The win was Poulter's first since the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan in 2007

Britain's Ian Poulter sealed his first European Tour victory since 2006 by winning the weather-hit Singapore Open.

His final-round 72 put him on 10 under which was enough to claim a one-shot victory, with China's Liang Wen-chong in second place at the Sentosa Club.

"Coming out today I made some mistakes to make it too close for comfort," said a relieved Poulter after seeing off a late challenge from Graeme McDowell.

"But to stand on the last knowing I had to make five, I was pretty happy."

After finishing his third round earlier in the day following another weather interruption, Poulter held onto his one-stroke lead after reaching the turn in the final round in level par.

He dropped back into a tie with McDowell after a third bogey of the day at the 11th and found himself a shot behind him after another dropped shot on the 12th.

However, Poulter's third birdie of the day from 30ft on the 13th moved him back into a share of the lead before McDowell carded three consecutive bogeys to fall away.

Poulter found sand off the tee at the par-three 17th but, following another excellent save, held his nerve down the stretch to seal an eighth European Tour title.

The 33-year-old will now move into the top 15 in the Tour's Race to Dubai and has his sights firmly set on leading trio Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy.

"It's great to win but there is more to winning right now," Poulter said.

"It is the right time to win as the Ryder Cup points have now started and I wanted to come out over the next seven weeks - five of which are counting for world ranking points and Ryder Cup points - and put as much money on the board as I possibly could.

"I have got off to a great start. I have got three more tournaments included for the Race to Dubai and I would like to think that I can have a chance to push Rory or Lee all the way.

"It's an exciting few weeks leading to Dubai and I am very much looking forward to getting to Shanghai (for the HSBC Champions event) and staying fresh and working on a few shots which got away from me this week.

"I have got better things to come over the next three weeks, I am only going to get better.



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Poulter salvages Singapore lead
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Poulter storms clear in Singapore
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29 Oct 09 |  Golf
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28 Oct 09 |  Golf


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