29 Nov 2010

Karlsson wins in Dubai to continue fine record

5:57 am on 29 November 2010

Golfer Robert Karlsson extended his record as the most prolific Swedish winner on the European Tour after beating Britain's Ian Poulter in bizarre style in their Dubai World Championship playoff.

New European number one Martin Kaymer also landed a cheque for US$1.5 million (NZ$ 2 million) after wrapping up his first money-list title.

The German finished well clear of closest rival Graeme McDowell after the pair tied for 13th place in the season-ending tournament.

Karlsson and Poulter had birdie fours on the first playoff hole and both players again made the green in three at the next attempt.

However Poulter dramatically incurred a one-stroke penalty when he dropped his ball on to his coin, causing the marker to flip over.

His 40-foot putt was therefore for a five rather than a four but he missed anyway and Karlsson rolled in his birdie effort from three feet to secure his 11th European victory and a first prize of US $1.26 million (NZ$ 1.68 million).