Englishman Ian Poulter can thank a stroke of bad luck for losing in a playoff to Sweden’s Robert Karlsson at the Dubai World Championship.
Poulter was given a stroke penalty for accidentally dropping his ball on the marker located on the green, opening the door for Karlsson to sink the easy birdy for the victory.
“The coin was one way and the next minutes facing the other way,” Poulter said. “It’s pitched right on the front and flipped over. If it pitches in the middle, the coin doesn’t move and it’s fine.”
Thanks to Poulter’s mishap Karlsson has his second European Tour victory, and the nice cheque that goes along with the win.
“These things happen in golf. It’s not the way you want to win,” he said. “The rules are there for a reason but some of them can be tough.”
As for Poulter, he actually held a two stroke lead going into the final round but could not bring it home.
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