Jan 9th, 2019
How Ian Poulter made up for missing
The 2018 Wyndham Championship
When Ian Poulter realised that he was not going to make the Tour’s minimum event requirement, after winning last year’s Houston Open, he got his thinking boots on.
The Wyndham Championship was one Poulter would have played normally, but that would have given him nine straight weeks leading up to the Ryder Cup, and he needed a break in his schedule.
He managed to get his minimum PGA event requirement back on track by confirming for the Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open, so no dramas there.
But Poults decided to go one step further to ensure that there were no noses were out of joint with the good people at the Wyndham Championship. And his solution was an unconventional one.
To make amends for his no-show, he invited eight tournament guests for a round of golf and a visit to his home and Ferrari stacked car museum.
“We had a great time,” Poulter said. “I played nine holes with each group, we had a bite to eat, and a few of the guys wanted to see the car museum and my Ryder Cup office-homage. I took them through that.”
Andy Pazder, the Tour’s chief officer of tournaments and competitions commented: "I would say it was beyond what we would consider an acceptable make-good. To do what he did...was just terrific."
Andy Pazder, the tour’s chief officer of tournaments and competitions, told the AP, "I would say it was beyond what we would consider an acceptable make-good. To do what he did...was just terrific."
Nice work, Poults.