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Poulter: Match Play should can consolation match

Ian Poulter at the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play
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After losing to Hunter Mahan in the Match Play semifinals on Sunday morning, Ian Poulter apparently was in no mood to play the consolation match.

Trotted back out an hour later to play Jason Day, Poulter squandered an early lead and lost, 1 up, to take fourth place, dropping his overall record in the event to 22-11. Day earned $615,000, while Poulter took home $500,000 and cracked the top 10 in the world ranking.

Then, on Monday morning, the Englishman voiced his displeasure with the playing of the consolation match. 

I will be honest that 3-4 place match is the least interesting Match of the week. No need to play it. Players should be tied for 3rd.

— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) February 25, 2013

Ask any players that's played for 3 or 4 spot. Once you can't win it the tournament is over. Or they're lying. Anticlimax. Sorry but true.

— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) February 25, 2013

I'd rather do a clinic for an hour and explain the mindset of Matchplay than play that match. That would be interesting for The fans.

— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) February 25, 2013

The facts are this and you need to understand nobody cares who finishes 2nd it's all about winning. Ask a winner that will be there mindset.

— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) February 25, 2013

I bet Jason Day doesn't play Honda this week now because he feels exhausted. 18 holes less and Honda might have had him in the field. #Fact

— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) February 25, 2013

For the record, as of this writing, Day has not withdrawn from The Honda Classic, which begins Thursday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Match Play winner Matt Kuchar, runner-up Mahan and Poulter are not in the field for the first leg of the Florida Swing.