Having been upset in each of his first two matches this week in Bulgaria, Ian Poulter was the most high-profile player eliminated Friday at the Volvo World Match Play Championship. After bowing out, the Englishman did not mince words about his performance.
'There is no excuse for that display of golf over the last two days,' Poulter told Sky Sports after losing his match Friday 1-up to South Africa's Thomas Aiken. 'It's disgusting, disgraceful and there's no explanation.'
After notably winning every match he entered at last year's Ryder Cup, Poulter was expected to thrive in his preferred format this week along the Thracian Cliffs. Instead, he was among eight players in the 24-man field to exit Friday, having also lost 3 & 2 Thursday to Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee.
'My concentration was simply not there and therefore you make mental errors when you have not used your brain,' added Poulter, who along with Graeme McDowell was one of only two players inside the OWGR top 15 participating this week in Bulgaria. 'It's completely unacceptable.'
Now with an unexpected amount of free time this weekend, Poulter explained that he would next head for 'the tallest tree with the shortest rope.' He remained colorful while turning his attention to next week's BMW Championship, one of the biggest events every year on the European Tour.
'I'm pissed off,' explained Poulter, who tied for 10th at the BMW a year ago. 'I will stay pissed off for a couple of hours and then go to England and win at Wentworth.'