Golf News–Karlsson the king in Dubai
With a birdie four on the par-5 second play-off hole, Robert Karlsson landed the Dubai World Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estate’s Earth course, eclipsing Ian Poulter’s hopes of back-to-back European Tour wins following his Hong Kong Open title.
Pitching close for the third successive time on the 18th shoot-out hole, having first done it to tie Poulter in regular play on 14 under par and again when the pair replayed the hole, the tall Swede claimed his 11th European title and his second this year, taylormade burner superlaunch irons, having earlier won in Qatar.
For Poulter it proved a disappointing finish, when he pitched short, then when marking his ball dropped it and moved his coin, incurring a shot penalty – effectively leaving Karlsson two putts for the win from three feet.
“There’s always positives to take, but right now, I’m not seeing them,” admitted Poulter immediately afterwards, having led into the last round then grinding hard to finish with a 70 to tie Karlsson.
The turning point for Karlsson came as early as the third hole when he holed his full shot from the fairway for an eagle two, though Poulter chipped in at the 12th from off the green for birdie.
Martin Kaymer tidied up the Race to (taylormade r7 cgb max driver) Dubai and one million Euro bonus, finishing on six under par, alongside his rival Graeme McDowell, who finished with a flourish but couldn’t quite achieve the extra cash he need to overtake the German.
“It’s been a fantastic season for me, ” said Kaymer. “To win my first major and to be part of the winning Ryder Cup team is way above my expectations.”
Lee Westwood, the No. 1 player in the world and last year’s winner, shot a four-under 68 and shared third with Spaniard Alvaro Quiros, who fired a 67 one behind the leaders and re-claim his place in the Tour’s top 15 for all majors in 2011.