May
22
2011
Poulter Wins Volvo, Loses Balance
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Poulter: the most persistent competitor in matchplay

Ian Poulter took down Luke Donald 2&1 in the final of the Volvo World Match Play on Sunday in Spain. The gritty, outspoken Englishman topped off a series of come-from-behind victories to deny Donald the No. 1 ranking, and more important bring the trophy home for his son’s seventh birthday.

Poulter had several moments that could make ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Ten, including the ten-footer he drained to close the match. But let’s talk about the most entertaining moment of the day. That’s right — Poulter’s fall on the eighth hole after trying to whack his ball out of the weeds. According to medical reports, he dodged any major injuries and walked away with just a minor bruise to his ego.

Good thing he won, otherwise he probably wouldn’t have heard the end of it on Twitter (someone has been oddly quiet). Even better news, an official found Poulter’s diamond-encrusted platinum ballmarker that fell out of his pocket during the tumble. It really is lucky!

Now does Poulter’s win elevate him to top-ten player status? He’s definitely in the top twenty-thirty, but he needs to contend more consistently at full-field world-class events, not to mention majors. That said, I certainly wouldn’t want to go up against him in matchplay.

(AP Photo/Sergio Torres)