Poulter to defend World Match Play title

March 29, 2012

Ian Poulter will defend his World Match Play Championship title in southern Spain next month after confirming his place in the tournament's 24-man field.

Poulter defeated fellow Englishman Luke Donald 2 and 1 in the final last year to underline his reputation as one of the grittiest matchplay performers on the circuit.

The 36-year-old Poulter said Thursday that ''with the fact that it's a Ryder Cup year, I think it will be even more exciting this year with every match from the group stages to the final a chance for aspiring team members to impress (Europe) captain (Jose Maria) Olazabal.''

The tournament will be staged at the Finca Cortesin course near Malaga from May 17-20.