Andy Ogletree stamped his authority as soon as once more on the Asian Tour by claiming the $2 million Worldwide Collection England after a surprising seven-stroke victory – with a runaway 16-under match whole.
The American was unstoppable at Shut Home, close to Newcastle, taking pictures a final-round seven-under-par 64 – the joint lowest spherical of the week – to complete forward of second-placed Ian Poulter, who closed with the identical rating. Indian Anirban Lahiri additionally excelled, carding a 68, to take sole possession of third, one again from Poulter.
That is Ogletree’s third convincing Worldwide Collection victory – he triumphed in Qatar by three this yr, and by 4 in Egypt final season – and it consolidated his lead on each the Asian Tour and Worldwide Collection Order of Deserves.
“I don’t suppose I may hit it significantly better than I did this week,” mentioned the 25-year-old, who banked $360,000 for the win. “The greens have been tremendous bumpy, so it’s onerous to inform precisely how my placing was, however I used to be happy with how I performed and my velocity management coming down the stretch as we speak was superior. And it was good to see just a few putts go in, so we’re simply gonna maintain making an attempt to get higher each week. My sport is in a extremely great place in opposition to a world-class subject, and I used to be happy to play the best way I did.”
Ogletree had a one-shot lead initially of the day, and after disregarding a bogey on the opening gap he bagged birdies on the next gap, 4, 5 and eight. He uncharacteristically missed a five-foot putt for par on the ninth that noticed him make the flip with a three-shot lead, earlier than he stormed house unchallenged with two birdies and an eagle on the again 9.
Ogletree’s success is all of the extra exceptional contemplating his final occasion on the Asian Tour was the Worldwide Collection Vietnam in April, having targeted on the LIV Golf League thereafter – the multi-million greenback circuit that he’ll play on full-time subsequent yr if, as appears to be like possible, he finishes first on the Worldwide Collection advantage checklist.
Poulter, taking part in within the fifth from final group, closed Ogletree’s result in 5 after he eagled the par-five sixteenth, solely to see the American frontrunner do the identical quickly after.
Poulter, making an attempt to win for the primary time in 5 years, mentioned: “I simply sort of discovered the important thing to hitting just a few putts on these greens, which I didn’t have the primary three days. And you realize, while you do this and also you play good golf like I performed the primary three days, you then’re going to have the ability to make some birdies. And that’s what I did as we speak.”
Poulter’s 19-year-old son, Luke, who performs school golf on the College of Florida, accomplished a powerful match by closing with a 71, to complete in a tie for twenty second, on degree par.
“It’s been superb,” mentioned Poulter Jnr. “I beat my dad’s rating on one of many days, which was actually cool, however my fundamental aim was to try to beat him over 72 holes, however he acquired me by 9!”
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