MARANA, Ariz. – Ian Poulter now has something more stylish than anything in his wardrobe.

Dressed in pink on a chilly day in the desert, Poulter captured the biggest victory of his career Sunday by leading the final 28 holes and beating Paul Casey, 4 and 2, in an all-England final at the Match Play Championship.

Along with winning his first World Golf Championship, the 34-year-old Poulter won for the first time on American soil.

”It’s been a long time coming,” Poulter said, after closing out Casey with a par on the 34th hole. ”I knew I was in great form. I felt comfortable all day on the golf course.”

Casey made sure Poulter didn’t work up too much of a sweat. He struggled at times with his swing in falling behind, and his short game wasn’t good enough to allow him to catch up.

Casey became the first player to lose consecutive years in the championship match.

Poulter moved to a career-best No. 5 in the world rankings. He earned $1.4 million, the biggest prize of his career.


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