Tag Archives: Ian Poulter

Aug
29
2014

It’s not just the Americans who are holding their breaths in hopes of getting a captain’s pick for next month’s Ryder Cup. The deadline to make the European team on points is this Sunday, August 31st, which technically means the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship ending on Monday doesn’t count towards the standings.

Ryder Cup juggernaut Ian Poulter is on the outside looking in and needs Captain Paul McGinley to give him the official nod (which, lets be real, it’s a lock). Poulter helped his case on Friday, firing a four-under 67 to put him in a tie for sixth after the first round.

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Feb
19
2014
Rory McIlroy said on Tuesday that the par-4 drivable 15th could be a big “turning point” in a match. Well, he ended up conceding the hole to Boo Weekley after hitting an errant drive that left his ball pinned up against a rock in the desert. It only got better — or worse, depending on how you see it. 

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Feb
18
2014
The drivable par-4 no. 15 at Dove Mountain
The Wednesday of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship is one of the most fun and intriguing days in the PGA Tour season. Let’s call it Wacky Wednesday. Because you really never know what’s going to happen. Filling out a bracket in golf? You might as well throw darts at a board. Or pick names out of a hat.

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Nov
17
2013
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour
The Stense!!!

The Stense!!!

Henrik Stenson stuck his second shot on the par-5 18th to a foot for a straightforward kick-in eagle to shoot a 64 on Sunday, and also cap off a six-shot victory at the DP World Tour Championship, the fourth and final event in the European Tour’s equivalent of the FedExCup.

With his eighth European Tour title, the Swede became the first golfer to win the PGA Tour’s FedExCup and European Tour’s Race to Dubai in the same season. In other words, Stenson is filthy rich and essentially a walking ATM machine. 

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Nov
3
2013
Dustin grabs on and bring 'er home

Dustin grabs on and bring ‘er home

In a hard-fought battle between three world-class players, Dustin Johnson clinched the most significant victory of his career (so far) at the HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club. On the back nine the 29-year-old American played a key stretch of five holes at five-under, including a chip-in on the short par-4 16th. 

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Nov
2
2013
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour
Kiss that ball!

Kiss the ball!

Despite rolling in 10 birdies and playing one of the best rounds of his life on Saturday in the third round of the HSBC Champions, Dustin Johnson walked off Sheshan International rather disappointed. He fired a six-under 66, but he wasn’t jumping for joy afterwards because of his poor finish and missed opportunity to open a five-shot lead heading into the final round after making a double-bogey on the reachable-in-two par-5 18th.  

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Nov
1
2013
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour
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These guys look right at home!

You may have seen these photos already from earlier this week, but internet connection in China is rough, to say the least.

Five of the world’s leading golfers today joined performers from a renowned Chinese opera company to celebrate the return of “Asia’s Major” to Shanghai. I really have no words.

Oh, I did find out today that the Chinese are big fans of Jason Dufner — they really like him and think he’s “cute.” His mystique apparently transcends cultures and language barriers!

Please caption this photo of Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter. It needs to be done: 

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Sep
3
2013
Via PGA Tour.com

Via PGA Tour.com

Alright, we’re two legs into the FedExCup Playoffs, which means a couple of things: 1) there are two more left and 2) there are 30 guys who were eliminated after their performance (or lack thereof) at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday.

This is when the fabricated post-season starts to get a little more intriguing, with “bubble boys” every week and each field getting cut down. We’re at 70 now. So, who was initially inside the top 70 in FEC points before the DBC or who was outside of it and played their way into the BMW Championship next week in the Chicago area? I touched on this in Monday’s Top 5, but let’s take a more in-depth look.

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Jul
21
2013
By Stephanie Wei under British Open
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Phil the Thrill!

After Phil Mickelson’s close call at the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s, many assumed (myself included) that given his age (43 now), it was his last shot at finally conquering his career-long battle with links golf.

But, with all of Phil’s glorious wins and disappointing losses, we should’ve known never to count him out to pull off the remarkable — whether it be foolish or thrilling. Naturally, Phil captured the Claret Jug in style and putting on a sublime show on his way to a five-under 66, three-under total.

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Jul
9
2013
Bug Eyes

Bug Eyes

Ian Poulter needs your help finding a new putter that will rekindle his superpower skills on the greens (though they generally show up most prominently in match play events).

After finishing tied for 25th at the French Open last week, Poulter tweeted on Monday that he was breaking up with his putter, an Odyssey XG No. 7 — the same one he used to charge Europe’s stunning comeback victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup last fall.

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