Poulter: Euros knew a comeback was possible

By Ryan LavnerOctober 2, 2012, 1:05 pm

Sleep has been an afterthought for Ian Poulter, the Man of the Match at this year’s Ryder Cup. After their stunning comeback at Medinah, the Europeans had a “very heavy Sunday night drinking session” until about 4 a.m., he said, and the Englishman is now in the midst of a New York media blitz, attempting to explain how his team erased a 10-6 deficit on the final day and eventually won, 14 ½ to 13 ½.

It’s no surprise, then, that after going 4-0 at Medinah to run his career Ryder Cup record to 12-3, Poulter is planning to take three weeks off. In fact, on Friday he is headed to the Bahamas, where he’ll kick up his feet and enjoy a few glasses of champagne and beer.

Said Poulter, “I’m going to come out as strong as I possibly can for the end of the year. I love to compete.”

Certainly, that much was evident during three rollicking days outside Chicago.

Chosen by Jose Maria Olazabal as one of his two captain’s selections, Poulter responded by electrifying the crowd and helping spark the largest Ryder Cup comeback ever on foreign soil.

As he explained Tuesday on “Morning Drive,” the pivotal match likely was his stirring comeback in the Saturday afternoon fourballs, when alongside Rory McIlroy, Poults birdied five consecutive holes to edge the U.S. team of Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, 1 up.

“We had been annihilated,” Poulter said. “At one stage it looked like a rout. For us to be able to turn that match back, it gave the whole team the biggest of lifts, and there was some atmosphere and buzz in the team room on Saturday night. We just had that great chance that we could rewrite history books.”

In the team room that night, each European player was asked where he preferred to be slotted in the singles draw, and why. Poulter wanted to go early. So did Luke Donald. Justin Rose was more specific – he hoped to go fourth, given his past success in that slot in the past.

After the singles pairings were announced, Poulter, who would eventually beat Webb Simpson, 2 up, in singles, said the entire team realized then that they had a chance. “Everyone’s match just looked like it was very, very even,” he said. “It was very uplifting to be in that team room and see that list.

“That night, I said, ‘Seriously, let’s go out and give it everything. We have nothing to lose; we’re four points behind, but it didn’t feel like it. Let’s take our shots, and see if we can pull off some history.’” 

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.