Ian Poulter has secured a three-shot victory at the JBWere Masters in Melbourne.
The world number 28, Woburn Golf Club professional, who won the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain in May, finished on 15 under par for the tournament, with Australian Marcus Fraser on 12 under. Another Australian, Geoff Ogilvy, was a shot further back.
The only player apart from Poulter and Fraser to shoot four sub-par rounds, the ageless Peter Senior (70) shared fourth place at seven under with Adam Crawford (66), while world number one Luke Donald eased to the line with a 72 to sit alongside 2011 Australian Open and PGA champion Greg Chalmers at four under.
While "a little disappointed" with his finish, Donald said he was proud of his achievements in "an amazing year". Immediately after putting out for par at the 18th, a delighted Poulter shared his delight with his 1.2 million followers on Twitter: "winner winner chicken dinner ... what a way to finish the year."
He told his media conference that he regards the win, which has the added benefit of elevating his ranking from 28 into the world top 20, as "very special". Poulter said: "For me it was a pure ball-striking round of golf. (My concentration) was flawless the whole day. I was happy how I approached every shot.
"I hit my targets, it was fairly methodical, but for me it was a nice round of golf."
Sunday's final pairing was always going to provide the winner and Poulter signalled his intent with an eagle at the short 233-metre par-four opening hole that wiped out Ogilvy's two-shot overnight lead in one devastating hit.
Poulter was forced to scramble to save his par at the second and third and appeared unfazed by the prospect of sinking a five-metre par-saver at the fifth to stay viable.
He seized the lead outright with a five-metre birdie putt at the seventh and extended it with another birdie at the 559-metre par-five ninth where he knocked his approach to within inches of the hole.
Thereafter it was just a matter of playing a solid back nine and the title was his. Ogilvy had been the steadier of the two on the front nine, but failed to take his chances. Putts that did not touch the sides during Saturday's course record-equalling 63 simply refused to drop. Ogilvy churned out 12 successive pars before dropping shots at 13 and 15 which finished him off once and for all.