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Ian Poulter Outlasts Stars to Claim HSBC Title in China

Ian Poulter wins the WGC-HSBC in China
Ian Poulter wins the WGC-HSBC in ChinaRoss Kinnaird/Getty Images
Fred AltvaterContributor IINovember 4, 2012

The hero of the European Ryder Cup Team Ian Poulter picked up his 12th European Tour win and the second official PGA Tour win of his career at the WGC-HSBC from Mission Hills in China.

Poulter fired a final round seven-under par 65 to win by a single shot. Jason Dufner turned in the low round of the day with a 64 but could only tie with Ernie Els, Scott Piercy, and Phil Mickelson for joint second at 19-under par two shots behind Poulter.

Poulter’s last win came in May, 2011 at the Volvo World Match Play Championships on the European Tour.  His only other win on the PGA Tour was the 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Louis Oosthuizen and Lee Westwood had led after 54 holes but both players could only muster even-par 72’s 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.  Greg Norman, Annika Sorenstam, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, 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.

Ernie Els and Louis Oosthuizen had set the new course record on Friday with a pair of 63’s but Brandt Snedeker obliterated those with a 12-under par 60 on Saturday.  He could only manage a 71 on Sunday to finish T-11.

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