Ian Poulter wins the HSBC Champions, Bhullar in top 20
Posted on: 02:34 PM IST Nov 04, 2012 IST
Shenzhen: Ian Poulter carded a final round of 65 to seal a two-shot victory in the HSBC-WGC Champions Tournament at Missions Hills on Sunday, becoming the first Englishman to win two World Golf Championships events. Poulter started his final round four shots behind joint leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Lee Westwood, but clawed his way to the top after matching the seven-under-par 65 he shot a day earlier to finish on a combined 21 under.
Gaganjeet Bhullar was unable to find his magic touch in the third round and signed off with an even-par 72, that still earned him a top-20 finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions. He finished in a tie for 18th place and took home USD 75,000, which put alongside his top-10 at CIMB Classic last week, indicated that he is ready for the big league. His senior teammate Jeev Milkha Singh closed with a 71 to finish tied 46th on 287.
Bhullar confessed that the key difference from winning at the highest level was simply self-belief. "I think it's self-belief. It's the only difference. Today and the past few weeks, I've been playing with the PGA Tour players and I've been pumping my three woods past their drivers. Obviously, length is not an issue but the mental belief. If I play more and more in these events, one fine day, I'll wake up with the self belief and win a Major," said Bhullar, who finished nine shots behind winner Ian Poulter.
Poulter, who also won the 2010 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship, finished two strokes ahead of South African Ernie Els (67) and U.S. trio Jason Dufner (64), Scott Piercy (65) and Phil Mickelson (68), who had a chance to finish second on his own but missed a five-foot putt on the last. Westwood and Oosthuizen finished tied for sixth, three shots adrift, after carding matching level par 72s.
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