“It’s been a very long week, and I think a lot of misspent energy has been taken up by obvious press – media, players, everybody. It’s just so mentally draining to be in this position, to listen, to read, to hear all the B.S. this week. I’m spent. I’m exhausted. I didn’t want to finish the last two tournaments like this.” Ian Poulter after a 2nd round 74 and missed cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Better fire up an extra large box of Depends. Would Ian Poulter rather have been well out of contention for a Ryder Cup spot and struggling to keep his Hooters Tour card? It sounds like we finally have a worthy successor to Monty. It's always appeared that Poulter had a tendency to engage his mouth before his brain kicked in, but this is a new level. Hopefully some porridge and a good night's rest will work wonders on that attitude. Poulter should have taken some interview advice from compatriot Paul Casey, who is in pretty much the same spot as Poulter regarding his Ryder Cup chances. When asked about those chances, “I have no clue,” Casey said. “I’d say right now, I’m annoyed at not figuring out this golf course very well.” Take heed Ian.
The lead belonged to Tim Clark with a 62 to match Mike Weir's of yesterday and add to the list of holders of the course record. Two bogeys in the last three denied Clark infamy and a 59. Weir stayed close at one back after a 68. Ben Curtis and Vijay were one behind Weir and Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, and upstart rookie Kevin Streelman were one behind them at -11.
I think Poulter's reaction was more of the frustration of not playing well on a course that was giving up birdies faster than France gave up Paris. Relax Ian. You're still young, rich, and hip. Nobody died.