Pebble Beach is the type of golf course where you can ruin your entire weekend with one tough hole, but Ian Poulter can’t really blame the challenging layout for his embarrassing quadruple-bogey during the second round of the US Open on Friday.
Poulter got into some trouble on the 3rd hole when his ball ended up in an impossible spot near the green. That’s when he briefly turned into a casual weekend golfer and simply could not chip the ball out of the rough. His first attempt went literally nowhere, and the second went about two feet.
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 14, 2019
Poulter entered No. 3 with a score of 2-over for the tournament, and he ended up carding an 8. That could be the difference between him making and missing the cut. We have seen Poulter hit some incredibly lucky shots at major championships in the past, but that was not his finest moment.
Ian Poulter struggled a bit in the first round of The Open Championship on Thursday, but the end result could have been a lot worse if not for one of the luckiest shots you will ever see on a golf course.
Poulter’s tee shot on the 18th hole found some thick rough, and he tried to muscle his ball out and fly it to the green on his second shot. He ended up not catching nearly enough of it, and it looked as though the ball was going to roll into a creek. Poulter was fortunate to watch it take a big bounce over the creek, but then the ball rolled into a bunker. It didn’t stay in the bunker, however, as it somehow rolled over the lip and trickled up near the green.
Just have a look at this:
Ian Poulter hit probably the luckiest shot of his life and his reaction tells the tale. Jean van de Velde probably threw the remote at his TV pic.twitter.com/LnEDMrz7iv
— Born Salty (@cjzero) July 19, 2018
Poulter managed to save par and finish with a score of 2-over for the round, which wasn’t all that great on a day where the leaders finished 4- and 5-under. Still, even he couldn’t resist smiling after catching that break. I guess when you make some of the most clutch putts of the season you’re bound to get lucky at least once.
Ian Poulter had more at stake than most other golfers in the field at the Houston Open this weekend, and to say he came up clutch on the 18th hole would be an understatement.
Poulter needed a win on Sunday to score an invitation to the Masters next weekend. While trailing Beau Hossler by a stroke on the final hole, Poulter buried a 20-foot birdie to force a sudden death playoff.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 1, 2018
Hossler didn’t quite have the nerves of steel Poulter had. The 23-year-old hit a horrible bunker shot on the first hole of the playoff that went over the green and into the water. Poulter went on to win, and we’ll see him at Augusta because of his timely performance.
- Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter was one of many golfers who struggled with the conditions at Chambers Bay at the US Open this week, but few were as vocal as him in airing complaints.
After shooting a 7-over 77 Sunday to finish tied for 54th at 11 over, Poulter ripped the USGA in a post on Instagram in which he called the greens “disgraceful.”
“I look forward to congratulating the 2015 US Open Champion very soon, I simply didn’t play well enough to be remotely close,” Poulter wrote.
“This is not sour grapes or moaning or any of that crap. It simply the truth. Mike Davis the head of the @USGA unfortunately hasn’t spoke the truth about the conditions of the greens. I feel very sorry for the hundreds of greens staff who spent countless hours leading into this week and this week doing there best to have it the best they could and I thank them for that. But look at the picture.
“This was the surface we had to putt on. It is disgraceful that the @USGA hasn’t apologized about the greens they simply have said. “we are thrilled the course condition this week”.
“It wasn’t a bad golf course, In fact it played well and was playable. What wasn’t playable were the green surfaces. If this was a regular PGA tour event lots of players would have withdrawn and gone home on Wednesday, but players won’t do that for a major. They were simply the worst most disgraceful surface I have ever seen on any tour in all the years I have played. The US Open deserves better than that. And the extra money that they have earn’t this year from @FoxSports, they could easily have relayed the greens so we could have had perfect surfaces. Simply not good enough and deeply disappointing for a tournament of this magnitude.
“I don’t like it when people lie on camera to try and save face. And to all you fans that paid good money to try and watch us play golf but couldn’t see anything on most holes because it wasn’t possible to stand on huge slopes or see around stands, I apologize and I’m sorry you wasted your money traveling to be disappointed. I hope we all learn something moving forward to not have these problems in the future. Happy Fathers Day.”
Wow, tell us how you really feel, Poulter. We’ve seen the Brit complain about courses many times in the past, but as this Michael Jordan story showed us, he’s no mental midget. The greens really were that bad, and he wasn’t the only one who complained.
Billy Horschel ripped the greens after his final round. He lost his mind after missing this putt Sunday:
- Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter is one of the most outspoken and eccentric players on the PGA Tour, and his personality shows through in his new autobiography, “No Limits.” PGA of America president Ted Bishop strongly disagrees with at least one thing that was written in the book.
According to Golf Digest, golf legend Nick Faldo made some comments last month criticizing Sergio Garcia for being “useless” and having a “bad attitude” during the 2008 Ryder Cup — the year Faldo was the European captain. Here’s what Poulter had to say about Faldo’s remarks in his book.
It makes me laugh. Faldo is talking about someone being useless at the 2008 Ryder Cup. That’s the Ryder Cup where he was captain. That’s the Ryder Cup where the Europe team suffered a heavy defeat.
And he was captain. So who’s useless? Faldo might need to have a little look in the mirror. I have always got on great with Faldo in the past and I have a great deal of respect for everything he has achieved but this feels like sour grapes. It feels like a guy who is still bitter that he lost in 2008.
Bishop tweeted a harsh response that has since been deleted:
Poulter fired back in a statement to Golf Channel on Thursday.
“Is being called a ‘lil girl’ meant to be derogatory or a put down?” Poulter said. “That’s pretty shocking and disappointing, especially coming from the leader of the PGA of America. No further comment.”
Oh no he didn’t. He pulled the sexism card? Good luck responding to that one, Bishop.
Michael Jordan did his best to psych out Ian Poulter at the 2012 Ryder Cup, but his efforts didn’t work and the European team wound up winning thanks to an epic comeback, which has been termed the “Miracle at Medina.”
In preparation for the 2014 Ryder Cup, NBC and Golf Channel are running some “Road to the Ryder Cup” shows featuring some cool interviews about past events. One of the videos contains an interview with His Airness, who happens to be a huge golf fan and Ryder Cup enthusiast.
Jordan shares how he decided to specifically follow Ian Poulter late in the final day of the event and trash talk the European golfer. MJ trash talked Poulter on holes 15, 17 and who knows what else. None of it worked.
“(Jordan) loves his golf, he loves Ryder Cup. He’s always there. He’s always been a helping hand to the Americans,” Poulter recalled on his SiriusXM show this week via the Chicago Tribune. “He was right there. I was there on 13 and I remember walking off the tee box at 13, looking over and he kind of wagged his – I don’t know if you can call it a finger, it looked like an arm – this big finger comes up and he was wagging it at me pulling a face as if to say, ‘We’ve got you.’ So Rory (McIlroy) holed that massive putt on 13 to start the comeback trail. I holed a nice birdie putt on 15 and there he was, Jordan standing there again, and he’s just looking at me, staring at me. And I’m like, this is amazing, this is what I live for, this is what makes sport great. I’m a little golfer, Ian Poulter, playing golf in the Ryder Cup, and there’s legend basketball player Michael Jordan psyching me out in the Ryder Cup! And you know what? I said, ‘Screw you, I’m gonna hole this putt.’ (laughter) But you know what, he’d done that for so many years on a basketball court, he hit the shot time and time again. I said to myself, ‘I’m not allowing him to get in my space.’ ”
Poulter said Jordan was there at 17 waiting to taunt him, too.
“We’re walking off  and there he is, 6-foot-8, however tall he is, Jordan standing right in my space. I’m walking to the 17th tee, this claw hammer of a fist of his, he just keeps it out in front of him and he kind of wags his finger and he gives me a little jab in the chest with his fist. It was like a sledgehammer hitting me! … So I’m not going to tell you what I said to him at that point! (laughs) And that’s a sign of respect in a way. I respect Jordan as a basketball player, as the player that owned that game for so long, watching things unfold, respecting the game of golf. I wasn’t intimidated. I felt privileged to be in that situation, to be in the heat of the moment, the power-packed point under the spotlight with everybody watching. And the pressure to hole putts and the pressure to deliver was immense.”
Sounds like MJ was doing more harm then good. Maybe next time our team captain will tell him to keep his nose out of the game!
Hideki Matsuyama apologized to Ian Poulter and other golfers on Saturday, a day after learning that the veteran called him an “idiot” for damaging a green during the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral on Friday.
Matsuyama, 22, was playing in the group ahead of Poulter, who was in a group with Charl Schwartzl and Jason Dufner. Damaging the 13th green left the next group to clean it up. Matsuyama apologized to all three prior to his third round on Saturday.
“At the time, I didn’t think I did it so strong, making the divot on the green,” Matsuyama told Japanese reporters in remarks that were translated, per ESPN. “Upsetting the players behind me means I did it.
“I was not careful enough. I need to be more careful about etiquette and manners in the future.”
Poulter called Matsuyama an “idiot” in a series of tweets sent Friday night.
playing with Matsuyama tomo. He buried his putter in the 13th green 5 ft from the hole, Referee had to repair the crater. Because he didn't.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) March 8, 2014
Why should Matsuyama leave a crater in the green for others to putt over, or have to call a referee to repair the damage. Idiot.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) March 8, 2014
Im no saint & first to say. But that was disgusting. I wouldn't bury a putter in a green 5 ft from a hole & have players behind deal with it
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) March 8, 2014
Poulter and Matsuyama were actually paired together for Saturday’s third round. The youngster shot a 1-under 71, while Poulter went 1 over. Matsuyama is +4 for the tournament.
Looking at the video, what Hideki-san did seemed very minor.