Ian Poulter (Getty Images)
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2012 – WGC-HSBC CHAMPIONS
• His 12th European Tour International Schedule victory in his 274th European Tour event.
• Moves to €2,270,850 and to fourth place in The Race to Dubai.
• His first European Tour victory since the 2011 Volvo World Match Play Championship.
• His first European Tour stroke play victory since the 2010 UBS Hong Kong Open.
• His fourth consecutive European Tour season with a victory, dating back to the 2009 season.
• This victory beats his previous best 2012 European Tour performances of fourth in the BMW Masters and tied fourth in the Alstom Open de France.
• His second WGC victory, following the 2010 WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship.
• Becomes the first Englishman to win two WGC titles, following his win in the 2010 WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship.
• Becomes second player from the United Kingdom to win two WGC titles following Darren Clarke (2000 WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship and 2003 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational).
• His second WGC victory comes in his 32nd WGC event.
• This victory beats his previous best finishes in the WGC – HSBC Champions of tied 13th in 2010 and 2011. (Is the only player to have played in all seven HSBC Champions events).
• Becomes the fourth English victory in a WGC event, following Ian Poulter (2010 WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship), Luke Donald (2011 WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship) and Justin Rose (2012 WGC – Cadillac Championship).
Becomes the seventh player to record multiple WGC title. He follows: Tiger Woods (16), Geoff Ogilvy (three), Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Hunter Mahan and Phil Mickelson, all with two.OTHER FACTS
• His winning total of 267 (-21) is the lowest winning total in the history of the WGC – HSBC Champions.
• The 277th English victory in European Tour history.
• The sixth English victory of the 2012 season. They are: Robert Rock (Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship), Justin Rose (WGC – Cadillac Championship), Luke Donald (BMW PGA Championship), Lee Westwood (Nordea Masters), Danny Willett (BMW International Open) and Ian Poulter (WGC – HSBC Champions).
• The second time that European Tour Members have won the same WGC event for three consecutive years, following Francesco Molinari (2010) and Martin Kaymer (2011). The first time was the WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship by Geoff Ogilvy (2009), Ian Poulter (2010) and Luke Donald (2011).
• From his 13 seasons on The European Tour he has won in ten of them.
• Extends his European Tour exemption until the end of 2015.
• Moves over €17 million in European Tour Official Career Earnings.
• His 15th victory as a professional worldwide.
• The first former Challenge Tour Member to win two WGC events.
• Becomes the 22nd European Tour victory by a former Challenge Tour player on the 2012 European Tour from 41 events so far. He would follow: Louis Oosthuizen (Africa Open and Maybank Malaysian Open), Branden Grace (Joburg Open, Volvo Golf Champions, Volvo China Open and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship), Robert Rock (Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Omega Dubai Desert Classic), Justin Rose (WGC – Cadillac Championship), Julien Quesne (Open de Andalucía Costa del Sol), Michael Hoey (Trophée Hassan II), Thørbjorn Olesen (Sicilian Open), Bernd Wiesberger (Ballantine’s Championship and Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity), Ricardo Santos (Madeira Islands Open – Portugal), Nicolas Colsaerts (Volvo World Match Play Championship), Jamie Donaldson (Irish Open), Marcel Siem (Alstom Open de France), Richie Ramsay (Omega European Masters), Peter Hanson (KLM Open and BMW Masters) and Ian Poulter (WGC – HSBC Champions).
• Becomes the 306th European Tour victory by a former Challenge Tour player.