Golf - Johnson holds off Poulter to win first WGC event

American Dustin Johnson pitched in for eagle at the 16th hole to set up a three-stroke victory over England's Ian Poulter at the $8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions tournament on Sunday.

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Johnson carded a closing 66 to finish at 24-under-par 264 at Sheshan International with Poulter also shooting 66 for second place on 21-under. Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell was another shot back in third after also carding 66.

Johnson, 29, collected $1.53 million for his first victory in a World Golf Championships event and eighth on the PGA Tour.

He started the final round with a three-shot lead over Poulter but surrendered it after only two holes only to come on strong on the back nine.

"I knew if I stuck to my game plan it would come," Johnson said. "I was swinging well and putting well."

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