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Golf Australia Express : Issue 20
IANPOULTER breezed to victory at the JBWere Masters in a style we’ve come to expect from the self-confessed fashionista. The Englishman’s three-shot victory ruined local lad Geoff Ogilvy’s attempt to win at his home track and claim his first gold jacket. In blustery conditions, 36-year-old Poulter threaded his way around the tricky Victoria Golf Club firing a superb final round 4-under 67 that included three birdies and an eagle to win his first title in Australia in convincing fashion. Starting the final round two behind Ogilvy, Poulter closed the gap early with an eagle at the short par-4 opening hole. Tied for the lead and four-shots clear of nearest rivals, the event’s marquee players continued a head-to-head battle until Poulter finally took the lead with a birdie at the 7th. From there he never looked back. Poulter shot 31 on the way out thanks to another birdie at the 9th, extending his lead to two shots at the turn. Tee-to-green he was almost faultless, with a bogey on the par-5 17th the only blemish on his card. The Twitter-king immediately shared news of his gold acquisition with more than 1.2 million followers: “winner winner chicken dinner ... what a way to finish the year,” he tweeted. He called the win “very special”. “It was a pure ballstriking round of golf,” Poulter said. “[My concentration] was flawless the whole day. I was happy how I approached every shot. “I hit my targets; it was fairly methodical, but for me it was a nice round of golf.” The uber-confident Pom claimed $180,000 for the win. In contrast to Poulter, Ogilvy’s game was errant. On Sunday, the 34-year-old Australian was unable to recapture his brilliant stroke-play and feel for the greens from the day before, where he shot an incredible 8-under 63. Late bogeys at 13 and 15 in his final round—and a double bogey on 17—saw the Aussie close with a 2-over 73, dropping him down to third place. The big mover of the day was New South Welshman Marcus Fraser. Eight birdies in his 7-under 64 bolted the 33-year-old to outright second. World No.1 Luke Donald finished the year with a 1-over 72 and 4-under for the event in a tie for 12th. Greg Chalmers—chasing a Triple Crown title—joined Donald at that number. OTG FINAL STANDINGS 1 IAN POULTER ENG -15 $180,000 2 MARCUS FRASER AUS -12 $102,000 3 GEOFF OGILVY AUS -11 $67,500 T4 ADAM CRAWFORD AUS -7 $44,000 T4 PETER SENIOR AUS -7 $44,000 T6 ASHLEY HALL AUS -6 $32,333 T6 KIERAN PRATT AUS -6 $32,333 T6 BRAD KENNEDY AUS -6 $32,333 T9 PETER LONARD AUS -5 $24,666 T9 KURT BARNES AUS -5 $24,666 T9 NATHAN GREEN AUS -5 $24,666 WRAP GOLDEN BOY WRAP THE What’s just happened on the Australasian Tour