Ian Poulter wins Australian Masters

Posted Dec. 18, 2011, at 7:05 p.m.

MELBOURNE, Australia — England’s Ian Poulter won the Australian Masters on Sunday, spoiling Geoff Ogilvy’s bid for a victory on his boyhood course.

Poulter, two strokes behind Ogilvy entering the round, closed with a 4-under 67 in windy conditions to finish at 15-under 269 at Victoria Golf Club.

“To come down here the week before Christmas and to win this tournament is very special,” Poulter said. “I had a message from (former champion) Justin Rose, who said, ‘Put a nice gold jacket in your wardrobe like I have,’ and it’s nice to do that.”

Marcus Fraser had a 64 to finish second, three strokes back. Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion who matched the course record with a 63 on Saturday, shot a 73 to end up third at 11 under.

Poulter erased Ogilvy’s lead with a 15-foot eagle putt on the short par-4 first hole.

The Englishman birdied the seventh to take the outright lead and added another on the ninth — after nearly making another eagle — to make the turn with a two-shot advantage.

“After the first couple of days when there wasn’t much wind people may have thought the Victoria Golf Club was easy, but they were mistaken,” Poulter said. “It certainly showed its teeth today.”

Top-ranked Luke Donald had a 72 to tie for 12th at 4 under.

Greg Chalmers failed in his bid to become the second player to complete the Australian Triple Crown, shooting a 74 to join Donald in the group at 4 under. Robert Allenby remains the only player to sweep the Australian Open, PGA and Masters. He accomplished the feat in 2005.

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