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Poised Poulter cruises to Hong Kong title

Ian Poulter secured his second title of the 2010 season with victory at the UBS Hong Kong Open.
Ian Poulter secured his second title of the 2010 season with victory at the UBS Hong Kong Open.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • England's Ian Poulter claims tenth European title of career at UBS Hong Kong Open
  • Poulter finished on 22-under par, one stroke ahead of Simon Dyson and Matteo Manassero
  • U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell finishes fifth

London, England (CNN) -- Ian Poulter claimed the tenth European Tour title of his career after cruising to a comfortable win at the UBS Hong Kong Open on Sunday.

The Englishman carded a final round 67 to finish on 22-under par, one stroke ahead of compatriot Simon Dyson and Italian teenager Matteo Manassero.

Poulter, who took the lead at the halfway stage after a shooting a scintillating second round of 60, never looked in trouble on the final day at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

"I think today, I actually played better to shoot three under than I did ten under. I don't think I've hit as many good golf shots today in a long time. So it was nice, I felt calm all day," Poulter said, EuropeanTour.com reported.

"I think today, I actually played better to shoot three under than I did ten under
--Ian Poulter
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An early bogey at the par five third hole suggested Poulter might let his two- shot overnight lead slip, but the Ryder Cup star immediately repaired the damage with a birdie at the next and followed it with back-to-back birdies at the sixth and seventh holes.

An eagle three at the par five 13th hole further consolidated his lead and afforded Poulter the luxury of taking a bogey at the last to secure his second victory of the year.

"You know, putts from eight feet which kept looking like they were going to go in but didn't. But to make five at the last, get the job done, it's a good victory," Poulter said, EuropeanTour.com reported.

Manassero, who became the youngest European Tour winner at the Castello Masters in Spain last month, mounted an impressive final round challenge carding an eight-under par 62 which included three birdies and an eagle on the back nine.

But despite failing to overhaul leader Poulter, the 17-year-old was delighted with his form.

"I made some great shots, so I'm very happy actually the way I played and the way I tried to catch the leaders."

Simon Dyson got off to a flying start to his final round picking up five shots on the opening seven holes, but a bogey at the eighth slammed the breaks on and the Englishman could only manage one more birdie in the closing ten holes.

American Anthony Kang finished in fourth place after a five-under par 65, two shots adrift of Poulter.

U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell shot a final round 68 to claim fifth place, one place above his Ryder Cup playing partner Rory McIlroy.

The win moves Poulter back into the top ten of the Official World Golf Rankings and increased his earnings for the year to €1,983,142 ($2,700,000) putting him 5th in the Race to Dubai.

Germany's Martin Kaymer currently leads the race with €3,283,930 ($4,500,000) ahead of Graeme McDowell on €2,993,019 ($4,100,000). Last year's winner Lee Westwood lies third.