Ian Poulter Wins Accenture Match Play Championship

The monkey is off Ian Poulter’s back. Around five years since joining the U.S. PGA, the 34-year-old Englishman finally pocketed his first-ever title in America, beating Paul Casey, 4 and 2, in the final of the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain’s Ritz-Carlton Glof Club in Arizona.

Poulter dominated Casey, taking the lead for good at the seventh hole of the 36-hole final match. The win was worth $ 1.4 million for the Briton, who famously said two years ago in an interview that he is the only one who could challenge Tiger Woods if he were to develop his full potential. His first victory on the PGA tour also propelled the outspoken Englishman to fifth in the world rankings. Poulter has been trying to improve his overall game, employing a new putting strategy that includes recording the break of the greens. He also moved his family to Orlando, Florida to allow him to focus more on honing his skills.

In the battle for third, Colombia’s Camillo Villegas, who lost to Casey in a delayed semifinal match, defeated Sergio Garcia of Spain, 5 and 4.