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Poulter and Fisher into world top 20

Ian Poulter carded a closing 72, one over par, to edge out China's Liang Wen-chong by one shot and complete a nervous wire-to-wire victory in the Barclays Singapore Open. With former Asian number one Liang in the clubhouse at nine under following a final round of 70, Poulter needed to par the 18th which he did to secure a first win since the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan in 2007 and first on The European Tour since Madrid the previous year. The win takes Poulter to world number 15, a jump of 9 positions and a career best.

England's Ross Fisher completed a memorable marathon effort by beating American Ryder Cup player Anthony Kim to win the Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesin near Casares in Spain. The 28 year old, who boosted his chances of making his own Ryder Cup debut in Wales next October, won the final 4&3 after playing 126 holes in four days. The win takes Fisher to a world ranking of 17th, also a career best, up 9 places.

This week's other winners were Toru Suzuki at the Mynavi ABC Championship on the Japan Tour and Peter Whiteford at the Apulia San Domenico Grand Final on the Challenge Tour.

The weather-stricken Viking Classic, part of the Fall Series on the PGA Tour, was cancelled on Saturday because of unplayable course conditions.


November 2, 2009




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