Ian Poulter the new World Number 5
Ian Poulter’s 4&2 win over Paul Casey at the WGC-Accenture Match Play title has seen him move up the World Rankings from 11 to a career high Number 5, it also, all but confirms his participation in the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
Poulter’s game has looked solid all week and he continued his good form against Casey in what was in all honesty a pretty one sided final with Poulter leading from the 7th hole to the finish.
In the previous rounds Poulter seen off Sergio Garcia (7&6), Thongchai Jaidee (1UP), Jeev Milkha Singh (5&4), Adam Scott (2&1) and Justin Leonard at a 19th hole play off.
It is also Poulter’s first victory on US soil and hopefully now he has the self belief (not that he lacked it too much before) to go on and claim more titles, and maybe even a major championship before too long.
I sometimes get the impression, when watching Poulter, that he is not the most popular bloke with his golfing peers. Sergio Garcia (who seems one of the more placid players on the circuit) wasn’t best pleased with Poulter’s attempts to get a free drop at the 7th hole of their Semi-Final and let him know his feelings.
Also got the feeling that he wasn’t the most welcome of wild card picks into Nick Faldo’s 2008 Ryder Cup team with some of the team mates, he came across as arrogant in not playing in the final qualifying event were he could have claimed an automatic place, although Poulter went on to prove his worth with his performance.
Stories still seem to persist that he doesn’t get on with Monty either, the best way to ensure Monty can’t leave him out is to keep performing at this level and then there can be no debate this time.