Poulter blames house construction for poor play


Ian Poulter defeated world Luke Donald to take the Volvo World Match Play Championship in May, but has done little else in 2011.

The Englishman said at the WGC-HSBC Champions that some of his underperforming ways should be attributed to building a new home in Orlando, Fla.

“I have been building a house and I won’t be moving in until March,” Poulter told The Telegraph. “It’s my house, and whether it’s a plug socket or the smallest furnishing, I have to make the final decisions. It’s my house – I don’t want someone else to choose something for it.

“That’s a time-consuming project and it eats away at time when I could be doing other stuff. It has been very stressful. It has cost twice as much and taken twice as long as I thought. It becomes expensive, not only on your house but also on your time.”

Poulter began the year No. 11 in the Official World Golf Ranking but has dropped to 28th.