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Monday, November 22, 2010

The Limerick Summary: 2010 UBS Hong Kong Open

Winner: Ian Poulter

Around the greater world of golf: It was a pretty quiet week. Na-Ri Kim got her first JLPGA win at the Daio Paper ElleAir Ladies, which the Constructivist summed up in this post. Most of the other action centered around tour qualifying tournaments; Keith Clearwater was medalist at the Champions Tour final round qualifier, and the other tours are still in earlier stages. Ty Tryon and Erik Compton are among those who made it through PGA 2nd stage.

Photo of Ian Poulter from the ET websiteFor the last two weeks Ian Poulter has been right there, close enough to smell victory but not grasp it. He came up short at both the HSBC Champions in Shanghai and the Barclays Singapore Open. The good news for Poults is that he was right back at it again this week in Hong Kong. After getting his first US win (and a WGC at that) back in February at the Accenture World Match Play, he had spent the rest of his relatively lackluster year struggling.

But something has changed. Maybe it's that blindingly white driver he's put in his bag; maybe the Ryder Cup got his juices going again; or maybe he just found a new pair of peuce-and-chartreuse plaid golf shoes. At any rate, he's been on a tear the last three weeks and it finally paid off.

Despite posting the best round of his life -- a 60 in his 2nd round -- Ian just couldn't get the rest of the field to lay down and concede victory. He and Graeme McDowell were the primary battlers going into the last round as Graeme tried to track down Race to Dubai leader Martin Kaymer, but McDowell came out flat Sunday. Two bogeys in the first three holes derailed him completely. Englishman Simon Dyson, Italian teen Matteo Manassero, and American Anthony Kang all made their own runs but came up short. Manassero's final round 62 showed once again that players had better not underestimate the kid from Italy.

Poulter made only two bogeys all week, perhaps one of his most impressive performances ever.

So this week, since I have no PGA tournaments to summarize, I devote this limerick to Ian's win on the European Tour... and despite my little jab at him, I really do like Ian's self-confidence:
A first chance at victory got Shanghaied,
Then at Singapore fell by the wayside.
Poulter said, “I’m no quitter—
Just a few words on Twitter
Will turn this win into a landslide!”

3 comments:

  1. But you left out a huge cliche question with the RtD final tournament this week...

    "Did he peak too soon ?" (lol)

    No reason Poulter can't keep the roll going, but it's going to take a win and a lot of help from the guys in front of him.

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  2. I doubt Poulter cares. My understanding is that Kaymer can't be caught, even by McDowell. Poulter has had the biggest year of his career and is already looking toward 2011, based on what he said in his post-tournament interview. And he made it to #11 in the world with this win.

    We all take digs at him, but I'm really glad to see Ian playing well.

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  3. Nope - it's a two man race - Kaymer and McDowell, but McDowell needs to finish more than 539,764 euro ahead of Kaymer in Dubai to pass him. Mathematically, McDowell can finish second if Kaymer finishes last. If McDowell wins, Kaymer could lose the title if he finishes outside the top 30 (just eyeballing the numbers).

    Westwood has a mathematcal chance, but it requires a win and lasts from McDowell and Kaymer - pretty sure that's not going to happen.

    I'm a Poulter fan between the ropes.

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