• World Match Play Championship

Poulter denies Donald in Spain

ESPN staff
May 22, 2011
Luke Donald congratulates Ian Poulter © Getty Images

Luke Donald saw another chance to grab the world No. 1 ranking pass him by as Ian Poulter claimed victory in the final of the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain.

Poulter, who trailed by one at the 11th, came from behind to become the first player to win both the WGC-Accenture Match Play and Volvo World Match Play Championship with a 2&1 win.

Poulter holed a ten-foot putt for par on the 17th to wrap up the victory and bring Donald's 14-match unbeaten streak in match-play competition to an end.

Having outclassed Martin Kaymer in the semi-finals on Sunday morning, Donald had the No. 1 ranking in his sights. But the world No. 2 failed to reproduce the form that saw him take the WGC Match Play title in February as Poulter held his nerve to take the lead at the 14th.

Poulter celebrated his son Luke's seventh birthday in style, although he was forced to dust himself down from a tumble down a bank after being forced to hack his way out of a bush.

"I thought it would be pretty special to win this," Poulter said. "I finally started holing some putts. I've been frustrated for a few months and you have to hole putts to win. It's a nice boost. Questions have been asked of me over the last five months."

"It was disappointing," Donald said. "I ran out of steam a bit and didn't take the opportunities I had. Ian took his opportunities and I didn't."

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