Karlsson beats Poulter in bizarre Dubai climax
Robert Karlsson extended his record as the most prolific Swedish winner on the European Tour when he beat Britain's Ian Poulter in bizarre style in their Dubai World Championship playoff on Sunday.other Updated: Nov 28, 2010 22:56 IST
Robert Karlsson extended his record as the most prolific Swedish winner on the European Tour when he beat Britain's Ian Poulter in bizarre style in their Dubai World Championship playoff on Sunday. New European No.1 Martin Kaymer also landed a cheque for $1.5 million after wrapping up his first money-list title.
The German finished well clear of closest rival Graeme McDowell after the pair tied for 13th place in the Dubai event.
Karlsson and Poulter made birdie fours on the first playoff hole and both players again made the green in three at the next attempt.
Poulter, however, incurred a one-stroke penalty when he dropped his ball on to his marker, causing it to flip over.
His 40-foot putt was therefore for a five rather than a four but he missed anyway and Karlsson rolled in his birdie effort from three feet to secure the 11th European win of his career.
“Any accidental movement of the ball marker which occurs before or after the specific act of marking, including as a result of dropping the ball ... results in the player incurring a one-stroke penalty,” said chief referee Andy McFee.
Earlier, Karlsson had shot a 67 to finish on 274 before overnight leader Poulter (70) joined him on 14-under-par.
Lahiri ends Tied 21st at King’s Cup
Khon Kaen, Thailand: Anirban Lahiri was the lone Indian to break par with a three-under 69 to sign off the highest among his compatriots at tied 21st in the Asian Tour's King's Cup here on Sunday.
Lahiri ended his campaign with a total of two-under 286. Himmat Rai was the next best-placed Indian at tied 30th after an even-par 72 in the final round left his overall total at 288.
Amardip Malik (77) and Firoz Ali (74) shared the 49th position with totals of six-over 294.
Udorn Duangdecha from Thailand sparked a superb final day charge to win his maiden Asian Tour title.
Udorn, who entered the final round five strokes off the lead, fired a sparkling six-under-par 66 for a four-day total of 12-under-par 276 for a two-stroke victory.
South African Jbe Kruger settled for his third runner-up finish this season after narrowly missing his 50 feet eagle putt on the 18th hole. He signed off with a 73 for a 278 total to take second place with Thailand's P Junhasavasdikul and Korean Mo Joong-Kyung.
First Published: Nov 28, 2010 22:50 IST