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Ian Poulter hits a seven under par for victory in China

Updated: Sunday, 04 Nov 2012 09:47 | Comments

Poulter comes from behind to win HSBC

England's Ian Poulter, still on a high from Ryder Cup glory, won the second World Golf Championship title of his career in China today.

A brilliant seven under par 65 took Poulter from four behind to a two-shot victory in the HSBC Champions at Mission Hills.

The 36-year-old, winner of all his four games in Europe's amazing cup triumph five weeks ago, had eight birdies in the first 15 holes and led by three at that point.

A bogey on the short 17th was followed by a second shot into sand down the last, but he made a nine-foot putt for par and it was all over when Phil Mickelson failed to hole his approach on the difficult 18th.

That left the two-time winner in a four-way tie for second on 19 under par with fellow Americans Jason Dufner and Scott Piercy and also current Open champion Ernie Els.

Lee Westwood led by three early on, but double-bogeyed the short fifth and had three back nine bogeys.

He finished in a tie for sixth with South African Louis Oosthuizen, the two overnight leaders both disappointing with closing 72s.

Ireland’s Shane Lowry finished on seven under following a 75, with Graeme McDowell two under after a 72.

"It's been an amazing six weeks" Ian Poulter

Poulter joked about taking two years off after his Ryder Cup heroics. Now he is glad he didn't.

The 36-year-old today joined Darren Clarke as the only Europeans to win two World Golf Championship titles.

"It's so nice to get my hands on another trophy," said Poulter, whose last individual success was the Australian Masters last December.

"I've been in good form for a while and knew if I did the right things and stayed patient I would be right there. It's been an amazing six weeks."

Poulter's performance certainly put a smile back on his face after he had let off steam on Twitter on Saturday night about Arsenal's performance at Manchester United.

"Simply not good enough," he told his 1.3million followers. "This is not an Arsenal side that can compete. But they are making a profit. I guess someone is happy.

"Bored of watching this sh**. Not in the same league. Won't finish top six."

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