Ian Poulter won the World Golf Championships in China. Image courtesy of skysports.com
After scoring a three shot win in the event last year, Englishman Ian Poulter will defend his Australian Masters title at Kingston Heath Golf Club starting on Thursday. The 36 year-old goes into the event in good form as well, having beaten a red hot field to win the World Golf Championships in China at his most recent tournament appearance. Prior to that, he had played a key role in orchestrating Europe’s Ryder Cup win.
Poulter will have his work cut out becoming the first player to win the tournament in consecutive seasons since Greg Norman was successful in 1989 and 1990 however, with Adam Scott and Ryder Cup teammate Graeme McDowell also set to tee off at the event. Since returning to competitive action at the start of the month, world number six Scott has recorded top ten finishes in both of the tournaments that he has started in and finished in a tie for fifth at the Singapore Open last weekend.
McDowell is yet to win in 2012, but has twice finished runner-up, at both the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and the US Open in June. The 2010 US Open champion suffered an injury scare when slamming his hand in a door while playing at the World Golf Championships in China earlier this month but is expected to be at full fitness for the $1 Million event.
Poulter is not the only previous winner set to take his place in the field with Stuart Appleby , Robert Allenby and Richard Green amongst those looking to win the tournament again.
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