Martin Dempster at The Scotsman quotes Colin Montgomerie’s thoughts about Ian Poulter’s fighting qualities when competing the Ryder Cup.
Colin adds, “His record has been fantastic and I don’t think the Americans would want to be paired against him, to be honest, because he has this ability to pull out certain shots and hole certain putts that nobody in the last ten years has holed and long may that continue…I think that’s very good, for someone who has that character who has proven himself over the last eight years in this Ryder Cup, to be the best player. He has the most points and the best percentage of wins. I think that he is definitely someone that the team can listen to.”
It’s not on record what Ian Poulter said to his team mates on Saturday night during the Miracle at Medinah after Ian's closing holes performance when he almost single-handedly breathed life into a match which appeared to be all but over,
Colin said, “I think when Poulter walks into the room, when he comes and sits down and says something, I think the other 11 guys and the captain will be listening to him…He has the most points and the best percentage of wins. I think that he is definitely someone that the team can listen to.”
No more Mr Nice Guy?
The Scots love Captain Tom Watson and it may come as a bit of a shock should he reveal his “dark side”.
As Jung suggests, “Everyone carries a shadow,”and as Ron Sirak reminds us, “Famously, in 1993, Watson created a bit of an international incident by refusing a request from Sam Torrance to sign his dinner menu, saying he did not want his team disturbed by such frivolity. You can imagine how the understated British press handled that!”
Doesn’t sound quite like the Mr Nice Guy us Scots have come to love.
It’s also worth remembering that Tom went to Stanford University where in 1971 he earned a degree in psychology. A useful background when it comes to playing mind games
Quote of the Day
“Say we’re down, he won’t be saying things you want to hear, he’ll [Poulter] be saying things you need to hear. Like ‘get out there and perform, and show them’.”
Here’s the link to Martin and Ron