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The Tour Report

February 23 2013

3:07 PM

Rd. 3: Poulter def. Clark, 5 and 3

MARANA, Ariz. -- Ian Poulter continued to steamroll his way toward a shot at a second Accenture Match Play Championship title with his decisive win over Tim Clark.

Poulter never trailed in the match, which started on the back nine. He took control and a 3-up lead at the turn after Clark closed out the back nine with three straight bogeys.

The Englishman, who won this tournament in 2010 and reached the consolation finals in 2005, then won the third hole with another par and closed out the match with a 7-footer for birdie at the sixth hole.

"It was job done today," Poulter said. "I think my short game was on today. I missed a few greens in the wrong spots, but managed to get up and down. And when I hit greens, I had great birdie opportunities. That's always tough when you make so many pars and make a few birdies to obviously be beaten, and I was pretty pleased with that today."

Poulter's Accenture Match Play Championship record improved to 21-9 with the win. He has not made a bogey in his last two matches.

SCORECARD STATS: Poulter made three birdies and no bogeys. Clark made three birdies and five bogeys.

HOLES WON: Poulter won six holes. Clark won one hole.

NEXT OPPONENT: Steve Stricker, who beat Scott Piercy 1 up.