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27 February 2024

Poulter breaks American jinx

By Reuters

Ian Poulter broke his American duck when he outplayed fellow Briton Paul Casey 4&2 to win the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain on Sunday.

"To finally win over here, it means everything," Poulter told reporters. "I'm just so happy to finally win on American soil."

"I was very comfortable on the course today. I felt in control of my game all week. I don't know if there was any given point where it was going to be my week [but] I just felt very calm."

The win gave Poulter a $1.4 million (Dh5.1m) winner's cheque and propelled him to fifth in the world rankings. "I can't see myself having too many drinks tonight because I might wake up with a sore head tomorrow," Poulter said.

Poulter dominated most of the 36-hole final. He was two-up after 18 holes and never led by less during the second round.

"Ian played great stuff," Casey told reporters. "You're probably going to write Casey played rubbish but you have to realise Ian played excellent golf."

In the match for third place, Colombian Villegas bounced back from his semi-final loss to beat Spaniard Sergio Garcia 5&4.

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