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Cobra venom gives Poulter the Match Play edge
February 22, 2010

Ian Poulter claimed his first win on American soil at the WGC-Accenture World Match Play, beating compatriot Paul Casey 4&2 in testing conditions at the Ritz-Carlton Club in Tucson, Arizona. Poulter's victory was also the first for an Englishman in a WGC event, taking him from 11th to 5th in the world rankings and bringing him a step closer to another coveted Ryder Cup place.

The colourful Cobra Ambassador, wearing pink from head to toe for the 36 hole final, had been impressive all week, downing two Open champions in Stewart Cink and Justin Leonard and Asia's leading duo Thongchai Jaidee and Jeev Milkha Singh on his way to the semi-finals, where he disposed of Sergio Garcia by a crushing 7&6.

The new Cobra ZL Drivers

His determined display of power and precision in the Arizona desert continued into the final, where, after going one down as early as the second hole, Poulter quickly turned the match around with a fine display of long, straight driving and imperious iron play to close out his Ryder Cup team-mate 4&2, using the new King Cobra ZL Driver (picture left, 9.5°, set in the neutral position with a Fujikura 6.0 Motore Speeder X flex shaft), and Cobra Pro CB and MB forged irons.

A strong week for Cobra also saw Camilo Villegas narrowly miss out on a place in the final, having to settle for a comfortable 5&4 victory in the consolation match to finish third, playing the King Cobra S9-1 Pro S driver, King Cobra Speed LD fairway metals and Cobra Pro CB irons.

Poulter’s superb driving with his Cobra ZL driver has been a feature of his game since he put it straight in the bag to win in Singapore late last year. Cobra's most innovative, highest-performing driver ever, the ZL is built for greater distance off the tee. The longest driver in Cobra’s 36 year history, the ZL, (standing for ‘Zero Limits’, the mindset required of the Cobra engineers through the design process), owes its superior performance to its Advanced Multi-Material Construction and Adjustable Flight Technology, helping golfers of all abilities including leading tour pros such as Ian Poulter and his fellow Cobra Tour staff players.

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