Nov 2nd, 2015
Poulter Keeps Ryder Cup Dream Alive
Unlikely start at WGC Champions
Words: Daniel Owen Photography: Getty Images
After his mad dash to Hong Kong, Ian Poulter still hadn’t done quite enough to be eligible for next years Ryder Cup standings. But through luck, perseverance and injury, Poults will be still able to qualify for the best event in golf.
Going into this week's WGC-HSBC Champions event, Poulter was sixth reserve for the field. He had to play in it to get to the required 13 events, as there were no guarantees he would finish in the top 60 to play the Race To Dubai Finals. But four players pulled out before the event. George Coetzee pulled out next, giving GP fave Tyrell Hatton a place. Brandt Snedeker was the final man to pull out, giving Poulter an unlikely start. Already eligible for the BMW Masters, that will get Poults up to a lucky 13.
"I found a voucher in a Willy Wonka chocolate bar. If you wrote it no one would believe the story. I guess it was meant to be."
Fair play to Poults. He traveled round the world to chase his dream of playing in another Ryder Cup. Florida to Hong Kong, onwards to Turkey, back to China, and then Dubai. That’s a shedload amount of air miles. The Ryder Cup needs a fully firing Ian Poulter. The European Team need their talisman. And golf needs one of its last showmen to go the extra mile. Let’s see him qualify now, saving Darren Clarke’s captain pick for someone else.