Poulter primed for Masters

2013-04-10 11:04
Ian Poulter (AFP)

Augusta - Winning the Ryder Cup for Europe is one thing, but winning the Masters for yourself is quite another, according to Ian Poulter.

The colourful Englishman was the hero in Chicago last September when his battling display in the Saturday fourballs salvaged the European team's defense of the team trophy against the United States.

He won all four matches to confirm that he is one of the finest exponents of match-play golf in the world, but that goes for little, he said, when it comes to stroke-play golf at the highest level.

Asked if he could get as fired up at Augusta National as he does at the Ryder Cup, Poulter replied: "No is the simple answer. I've answered that 100 times.

"You've got two sets of fans (at the Ryder Cup), and here you've got fans that are wishing 92 players play well.

"It's very difficult to get that same atmosphere, recreate it. It just won't happen."

Not that Poulter is writing off his own chances of winning a first major title at the age of 37.

On the contrary, he believes that Augusta National and its unique challenges offer him his best opportunity of winning one of the big four titles.

In the last six years he has always placed in the top 25, with a career-best seventh place last year when he was one of only five players in the field to finish all four rounds at par or better.

Last winter, he worked hard at adding length to his driving and height to his ball flight, two factors he believes will boost his play at Augusta National.

"I feel with those changes that I should be more equipped, certainly coming in here this week," he said.

"You need to stop the ball quickly on these greens to certain pins and you need to hit it pretty long off the tee. So I've kind of done both things that I was looking for in the winter."

Poulter's best showing this year was once again in matchplay, where he took fourth place in the WGC Accenture tournament.

Recently, he tied for 21st at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month before sharing 37th last week at the Texas Open, where he was still recovering from a bad chest infection.

A regular sufferer from pollen allergies, Poulter's woes have been compounded by the abundant array of blooming plants, shrubs and trees at Augusta National.

"I've still got something there, albeit I don't sound 100 percent, but I feel fine," he said.

"Just the allergies this week kind of are pretty good. We all know how much pollen you get around this place.

"And when you're allergic to grass and trees and pine, it's a pretty good place to come and play golf. So I'm taking every tablet, nose spray, eye drops, the lot."

Read more on:    masters  |  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
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which of the FIVE South Africans competing at this year's Masters has the best chance of winning?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? 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.