Poulter win good for Lee

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IAN Poulter’s 2&1 win over Luke Donald in the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Andalucia yesterday means that Lee Westwood retains his place as World No 1.

Donald needed to win to dethrone the Worksop man but Poulter - who ko’d Westwood 1 up in the second round - putted well in the first all-English final since the event began at Wentworth in 1964.

Poulter was behind three times but levelled with a 40 footer on the 12th and went ahead on the 14th. After going two up on the 16th he made a seven footer for a half at 17 to take the £704,000 first prize.

Poulter had been two down with four to play against Francesco Molinari in the quarter-final before winning the last four holes whilst he trailed outsider Nicola Colsaerts in the semi-final until levelling on the 16th and he won on the first extra hole. Luke Donald crushed Martin Kaymer 5&3 in his semi.