9.53pmSergio Garcia, the 2017 Masters victor, commended Woods’ return and said his latest triumph could make things “interesting” in the hunt to match Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major championships.
Riding the passion of the perennial Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter beating the World No 1 and the new star Jon Rahm taking down the greatest of them all, Thomas Bjorn’s Europe withstood a mid-afternoon wobble to reclaim the Ryder Cup amid ecstatic scenes at Le Golf National.
Ian Poulter was in the stands at the first tee as his team-mates started the first session with him on the bench, but after enjoying the fan atmosphere he was in the thick of it in the afternoon comeback.
Ian Poulter admitted he had “a little voice in his head” suggesting he might not get back to the Ryder Cup as a player – and he spent the next 18 months proving it wrong.
Thomas Bjorn will lean massively on experience after picking four men with 20 appearances and 48 points between them for his wildcards for the contest against the USA in Paris this month.
Ian Poulter wouldn’t swap places with Lee Westwood this week at Close House, but it seems both are experiencing some kind of relief in the British Masters as they make a challenge for the title.
Jordan Spieth has a two-shot lead going into the weekend at the 146th Open Championship after a soggy day of swirling winds at Royal Birkdale.
The weather really won the day, but Jordan Spieth may now be in position to win the weekend and most importantly the Claret Jug at the 146th Open Championship.
Ian Poulter has always been one of those ‘Marmite’ characters in sport.
Given his situation earlier this year, no wonder Ian Poulter looks so pleased with himself right now.