Ian Poulter pulled somewhat of a risky move in front of the rowdy fans on the par-3 16th during the second round of the Phoenix Open. Well, he actually might have been trying to show off, but it unfortunately back-fired on him.
Poulter knocked his tee shot to about eight feet. He, then, put his left hand in his pocket and kept the right hand on the putter grip and rolled the putt just like that. Yes, one-handed! He missed. You can only imagine the crowd’s reaction.
At the time, the Englishman was three-over and the cut line was at even (and remained at that number at the completion of second-round play). He finished with a bogey on 18 to post a one-over 72 and four-over for the tournament to miss the cut.
Following his round, he sent out a tweet explaining the one-handed putt move.
Just to explain. I holed at 24ft 1 handed out on 9. 12ft on 12. 6ft on 13. I putt nicely 1 handed in practice. Sometimes it works.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) February 5, 2016
I guess it’s harder when there are 60,000 people watching and waiting to boo you or cheer you.