Poulter Knocks Off Garcia in Playoff

By Sports NetworkOctober 31, 2004, 5:00 pm
SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Ian Poulter parred the first hole of a playoff on Sunday to win the Volvo Masters Andalucia over Ryder Cup teammate Sergio Garcia at Valderrama Golf Club.
 
'It hasn't really sunk in,' said Poulter. 'I refused to lose.'
 
Poulter and Garcia traile Alastair Forsyth by three shots heading into Sunday's final round but quickly found themselves back in the mix after Forsyth bogeyed the first two holes. When all was said and done, Poulter and Garcia had carded matching rounds of 70 to finish regulation at 7-under-par 277.
 
Back to the par-4 18th, both players hit poor drives but Poulter ended up in much better shape than his challenger. Garcia managed to advance his ball but could not get out of the rough. His third shot died before it reached the putting surface and he chipped his fourth within 4 feet of the hole for a bogey.
 
Poulter knocked his approach to the edge of the green and pitched to 3 feet. He converted the short par attempt and celebrated his sixth career victory on the European Tour with a fist pump.
 
'It's a dream end to what was, I felt, an average year,' said Poulter.
 
Poulter grabbed his first share of the lead on Sunday with a birdie at the par-4 second. He stumbled with back-to-back bogeys from the fourth, however, to fall behind Forsyth again, but it was only a matter of time for Poulter to return to the top of the leaderboard.
 
Forsyth's final round stalled as Poulter and Garcia battled for position. Poulter moved to 6 under with a birdie at the eighth and converted a 15-footer for a birdie at the very next hole to join Forsyth in the lead. Poulter then drained a long birdie putt at the par-4 10th to move into first place alone.
 
Poulter missed the green at the par-4 13th and hit an awkward chip that stopped 20 feet from the hole. He missed the putt for a bogey and just like that was in a three-way tie with Forsyth and Garcia, who had birdied two in a row starting at the 11th.
 
Neither player made a move down the stretch, but Forsyth took himself out of the running at the 16th. He tried to hit his second shot underneath and through a row of trees but his fate was announced by the thump of his ball against a trunk.
 
Forsyth bogeyed the hole to fall back to 6 under, but Poulter and Garcia were unable to shake each other. Garcia had a short birdie try at the last, but failed to convert and Poulter joined the Spaniard in the playoff as he missed a birdie try of his own at the 18th.
 
Garcia could not keep up with Poulter in the extra session and the Englishman, who has now won every year on the European Tour since 2000, prevailed.
 
Forsyth, who was seeking his first title since 2002, finished alone in third place at 6-under-par 278 after a round of 74.
 
Peter Hanson made it four straight days with a 70 on Sunday, taking fourth place at 4-under-par 280. David Howell and Christian Cevaer followed at 3-under-par 281.
 
Lee Westwood and Scott Drummond shared seventh place at 1-under-par 283 while Paul Casey and Trevor Immelman tied for ninth at even-par 284.
 
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    There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

    Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

    His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

    Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

    Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

    "It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

    Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

    "It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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    By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

    McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

    McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

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    By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

    PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

    Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

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    Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

    Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

    Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

    Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.