2010

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The 2010 cham­pi­onship was an­other clas­sic, with Ian Poul­ter seal­ing his 10th Euro­pean Tour ti­tle with a tour­na­ment record to­tal of 258 (22-un­der-par). Poul­ter had a de­cid­edly hot put­ter to thank af­ter tak­ing the sec­ond-round lead with a jaw-drop­ping 10-un­der-par 60. Con­sis­tently hit­ting the ball to the cen­tre of the small Fan­ling greens, the 34-year-old was rolling in 10-15-foot­ers with amaz­ing reg­u­lar­ity.

But come the fi­nal round and Poul­ter, who had fol­lowed up with a 64 in the third round, was hav­ing to fend off the chal­lenges mounted firstly by former win­ner Si­mon Dyson and then Ital­ian teenage phe­nom­e­non Mat­teo Manassero, who fought his way right back into the tour­na­ment with a mag­nif­i­cent 62. Rory McIl­roy, who had fired the low round on day one with a 63, was in the hunt yet again, but faded over the clos­ing holes.

Poul­ter, who was play­ing with Graeme McDow­ell in the fi­nal group, made the tour­na­ment his own with an as­sured stretch of holes on the back nine, and could af­ford to bo­gey the last hole to claim the win by the slimmest of mar­gins. For the record, Poul­ter made only two bo­geys dur­ing the en­tire event, which high­lights how un­usu­ally friendly the scor­ing con­di­tions were at Fan­ling that week.

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