European Tour

Poulter aims to pip Stenson

2014-11-19 14:42
Ian Poulter

Dubai - Ian Poulter aims to pip his friend Henrik Stenson for runners-up spot on the 2014 European money list with another strong showing at this week's $8 million DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

World number one Rory McIlroy has already won the money list after his nearest rivals fell short at last week's Turkish Airlines Open, but other top places are up for grabs. The leading 15 players will split a $5 million bonus pool.

Poulter sits 13th and is as keen as ever to catch Stenson, with the Swede second heading into Dubai.

Last year, it was a similar situation, only Stenson was gunning for first place on the money list and Poulter was the main challenger.

Stenson held out despite a private wager between the pair and, although no extra money is on the line this time, Poulter's enthusiasm is undimmed.

"Bring it on. Chase the Stenson down again," said Poulter, who is 795 085 euros ($996 600) behind his friend.

Such a gap means Poulter must win in Dubai and Stenson fail to make the top four for the Englishman to catch his buddy.

Poulter was part of Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup team, but in individual events he endured a difficult year until last month.

He had slipped to world number 44, his lowest ranking since 2006, but sixth place at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai and second spot in Turkey last week lifted him to 26th.

Yet that improvement was also tinged with regret after Poulter squandered a six-stroke lead at halfway in Turkey.

"I was really annoyed, but I'm over it," a smiling Poulter, 38, told reporters. "Hopefully, with a big win this week I put myself back in a position where I salvage something out of 2014 because it was not looking good."

He often mounts a late-season surge after a break in October and wants to recapture that sort of form in April to July too.

"I've tried to analyse it, I don't know what it is," said Poulter. "I just can't take three or four weeks off before long runs (of tournaments) all the time.

"I am going to perhaps take February off, because I'd like to prep as much as I possibly can going into a long stretch of tournaments."

Australian great Greg Norman has contacted Poulter with suggestions on how the Englishman could improve his putting.

"I'd like to review the coverage, just to see if his observations were my observations as well," said Poulter.

"I've worked hard on my putting and I feel like I've made good inroads. I'm walking a fine line of do I mess (experiment) and try something."

Read more on:    ian poulter  |  golf

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Who will win the 2016 edition of the Ryder Cup?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.