Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Poulter will Win a Major - Gallacher

Ryder Cup legend, Bernard Gallacher, believes that Ian Poulter will defy the golf betting odds to win a major, following his displays in the recent Ryder Cup triumph at the Medinah Country Club in Chicago.
However, Poulter’s displays in the Ryder Cup do not mean that the 36-year-old will go on to finally break his major duck.

Gallacher is right that Poulter’s magical display against the Americans - when he won all four of his points and holed an amazing five birdies on Saturday night to give Europe a fighting chance - was more than just passion but showed real skill and nerve.

But where Gallacher’s argument falls down is that he does not understand the animal that is ‘Ian Poulter’.

Poulter grew up a football fan but found his life and career in the solitary profession of golf. For the other 23 months between Ryder Cups, the Arsenal fan stands alone on the course and does not experience the camaraderie of a team.

Put Poults in a team environment and there is nothing quite like him. He is a beast that plays with passion and drive that no other player in the current era can match. It is something that comes from within but can only be triggered by a team atmosphere.

Already in his mid-thirties and with no major to his name, time is running out for Poulter.

The 63-year-old Scot said: "I think if he's going to win a major it'll be our Open, that's what I do think he'll win so next year at Muirfield maybe things will turn for Ian Poulter - I hope so as he deserves it."

The truth of the matter is that Poulter will struggle to bother the best odds golf with his performances.

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