Poulter moves up in Ryder race following narrow win
Ian Poulter made the perfect start to his bid to secure a third Ryder Cup appearance with a battling one-stroke victory in the Singapore Open. After a six-week break he is embarking on a seven-week stretch of highly lucrative events, including Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Dubai, which could go a long way to securing a place in Colin Montgomerie's team at Celtic Manor next year.
After posting a second consecutive one-over-par 72 here to complete a wire-to-wire victory by edging out China's Liang Wen-chong, Poulter has moved up to fourth in the Ryder Cup standings.
In claiming his first title since the Dunlop Phoenix in 2007 and first on the European Tour since Madrid the previous year, the 33-year-old will also move into the top 15 in the Race to Dubai, and has his sights firmly set on leading trio Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy.
"It's great to win but there is more to winning right now," Poulter said. "It is the right time to win as the Ryder Cup points have now started and I wanted to come out over the next seven weeks – five of which are counting for world ranking points and Ryder Cup points – and put as much money on the board as I possibly could."
Poulter led by five at the halfway mark of the weather-interrupted event after following up an opening 66 with a 64. He saw that lead erased after just six holes of his third round and then trailed with six holes of his final round to play, but strode up onto the final green with a one-shot lead.
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
Review: Mike Leigh biopic is a rambling, rich character study
Want to ward off (or welcome) trick-or-treaters? Here's how
Latest in Sport
Manchester City vs Manchester United combined XI: No place for Yaya Toure... or any United defenders
Sami Khedira transfer news: Arsenal can win the Premier League if they sign Khedira in January, says Perry Groves
Paul Scholes: At last! Some credit for Sam Allardyce
Chelsea injury list: Diego Costa and Loic Remy lead the Blues' absent players
Radamel Falcao: Manchester United ready to seal permanent transfer of striker as 'everything is complete' to extend his Old Trafford stay
- 1 'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 4 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it
- 5 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything