Ian Poulter prevails for Singapore Open title

By Sports NetworkNovember 1, 2009, 9:59 pm
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SINGAPORE – Ian Poulter captured his first win in three years Sunday at the Singapore Open despite shooting a 1-over 72 in the final round.

The 33-year-old Englishman finished the rain-delayed tournament a wire-to-wire winner at 10-under 274, one shot ahead of China's Wen-Chong Liang.

After three days of weather stoppages and suspensions, players were on the course for nearly nine hours Sunday as they finished up the third and fourth rounds.

Liang managed only two bogeys and eight pars over his final 10 holes and shot a 1-under 70 to finish a stroke back at 9-under 275.

Struggling Australian star Adam Scott fired a 3-under 68 to share third place with Scott Hend (69) at 8-under 276.

Graeme McDowell, in the lead at one point, made three consecutive bogeys and shot a 74 to finish tied for fifth place with Charl Schwartzel (69) and Anders Hansen (70) at 7-under 277.

Poulter, after making two early birdies, suffered through a six-hole stretch during which he made four bogeys. He missed a 4-foot putt at the ninth hole for one of those dropped shots.

By the time he made back-to-back bogeys at the 11th and 12th – the end of that stretch – Poulter had surrendered the lead to McDowell and was growing frustrated.

'I was getting angry,' he said. 'I played so well earlier this week and it's just so annoying to ... make bogey, bogey and lose the lead, and Graeme was now in the lead. I felt like I had to do something.'

Poulter holed a 30-foot birdie putt at the 13th to set himself straight, calling the stroke 'a nice boost.'

'It pumped me up,' Poulter said. '(But) I don't know if it calmed me down.'

It ended up being his final birdie of the tournament, but it was all that Poulter needed. McDowell bogeyed three consecutive holes from the 14th to the 16th, and all Poulter needed was a routine two-putt par at the 18th to beat Liang by a shot.

Picking up his first win since the 2006 Madrid Open, Poulter, who began the week ranked 21st in the world, said he would like to get close to the top 10 by the end of the year.

'But we've got some weeks to go,' he said.

The strong field at Sentosa Golf Club also included Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson, who shared 14th place with five other players, and Padraig Harrington, who tied for 38th.

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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.

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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.

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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”