Karlsson wins Dubai World Championship; Kaymer
takes Race to Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Sports Network) - Robert Karlsson birdied the
second playoff hole to defeat Ian Poulter on Sunday and win the Dubai World
Karlsson birdied the second playoff trip to the 18th hole at Jumeirah Golf
Estates. He knocked in a four-footer, but caught a huge break from his
Poulter hit an indifferent third into the par-five hole, leaving himself close
to 45 feet for birdie. He dropped his ball on his marker and the marker moved
meaning Poulter was given a one-shot penalty.
"There's always positives to take, but right now, I'm not seeing them,"
admitted Poulter in a television interview.
Poulter now had 45 feet for par and lagged his effort close. Karlsson now
needed two putts from four feet, but drained the birdie putt for his 11th
European Tour title and second this season.
"Obviously it's been a fantastic day," said Karlsson in a televised interview.
"I was very happy when he got that penalty shot. Sorry, it made my putt
Karlsson posted a five-under 67 in Sunday's final round, while Poulter, the
third-round leader by two, only managed a two-under 70. The pair finished
regulation tied at 14-under 274.
Lee Westwood, the No. 1 player in the world and last year's winner, shot a
four-under 68 and shared third place with Alvaro Quiros, who had a 67 on
Sunday. The pair came in one stroke out of the playoff at minus-13.
Martin Kaymer couldn't make a Sunday charge, but the reigning PGA champion got
another victory of sorts. He captured the season-long Race to Dubai and the
1,092,418 euro bonus for winning that honor.
"It's been a fantastic season for me. To win my first major and to be part of
the winning Ryder Cup team is way above my expectations to be honest," said
Kaymer, who tied for 13th at six-under 282. "And obviously when you win a
major you know that you can win any tournament in the world."
The season-long race went in Kaymer's direction, but these four days belonged
He flew out of the gate on Sunday with birdies at one and two. Karlsson
chipped in for an eagle at the third and, that quickly, found himself one shot
ahead of Poulter.
Karlsson gained even more ground when Poulter bogeyed the third, but trouble
loomed for Karlsson. He three-putted both the fourth and sixth holes en route
to bogeys and a share of first with Poulter.
The tie didn't last long. Poulter birdied the par-five seventh and moved one
in front. Karlsson rolled in a 10-footer for birdie at the 10th to join
Poulter atop the leaderboard, but the Swede inched ahead again when his 10-
foot birdie try at 11 fell into the hole.
Poulter went on a birdie run to take the lead on his own. He birdied the 11th
to tie Karlsson, then chipped in for birdie at No. 12 to reclaim a one-stroke
Karlsson waited until the final hole in regulation to pull even. He knocked
his third inside three feet and tapped in for the easy birdie. Poulter had a
20-foot look at birdie at the last to win in regulation, but the putt narrowly
slid by the hole.
After they returned to the par-five 18th, they played the hole in almost the
exact same way. Both drove into the left rough, then laid up, then hit wedges
four feet right of the hole. Karlsson and Poulter made their birdie putts and
it was all over one hole later.
"I didn't really like being up against Ian," said Karlsson. "I know he's got a
very, very good record and he's a feisty player. It's been a fantastic week. I
did struggle a bit the second day, but the weekend has been fantastic."
Rory McIlroy carded a five-under 67 and finished alone in fifth at 12-under
276. Paul Casey (69) and Francesco Molinari (71) shared sixth at minus-11.
NOTES: Karlsson was tied with, among others, Poulter with 10 tour wins before
Sunday...Karlsson won this year's Qatar Masters...Poulter captured last week's
Hong Kong Open...This was the final event of the 2010 season, but the 2011
campaign begins in two weeks with the Alfred Dunhill Championship.