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Karlsson Emerges from Playoff to Win in Dubai

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Robert Karlsson overcame Ian Poulter in a play-off to win the season-ending Dubai World Championship for his second victory of the year. Karlsson wore FJ ICON style #52005 (all white traditional saddle) and a StaSof glove while Poulter opted for another FJ ICON all-white pattern through the MyJoys program and a SciFlex glove.

The pair finished regulation ties at 14-under after Karlsson, three behind overnight, started his final round with consecutive birdies and a hole out for eagle on the par four third hole. He had two more birdies on the back nine before a fantastic approach shot that almost hit the pin on the 18th, spun back and landed within a few feet of the hole. He converted the birdie to force the playoff.

Karlsson and Poulter, who was looking to win for the second consecutive week, birdied the first extra hole after hitting approaches within five feet.  At the second extra hole Poulter left himself 30 feet for birdie while Karlsson again hit an approach to within three feet.

Poulter then called a one shot penalty on himself when he dropped his ball on his marker and moved it.

Two putts meant a bogey six for Poulter, but the penalty was irrelevant as Karlsson holed his birdie putt for the victory.

Karlsson, who won the European Tour Order of Merit in 2008 and has suffered a serious eye problem and glandular fever since then, said: "It was a strange day to say the least. To start birdie-birdie-eagle is not what you expect to happen when you are three behind.

"Then there was the one shot penalty. It's not the way you want to win, but these things happen in golf.

“It's a fantastic field, and obviously when we have all of the best players in Europe together, the way it looks now, it's going to be a great field - so to win here is fantastic.”



  • Terrible way to lose a tournament in a play-off for Poulter. Good example of the rule being applied  in an absurd manner instead of to their intention to protect from cheating. Poulter will be thinking of this for some time to come. He doesn't need the lost money but losing the title will sting.

  • Another good win for Titleist and Footjoy. Good job Karlsson for shooting low on the last day when it counts. Too bad IJP dropped his ball onto his mark.

  • GREAT ROUND FOR KARLSSON.

    LOOKS LIKE A GREAT GOLF COURSE.

    TOUGH FOR IJP.