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Thursday, November 8, 2012

WHAT? NO POULTER?

When I flipped over to the Barclays Singapore Open coverage on GC, I nearly went into shock. I thought I heard GC say the Top 6 in the Race to Dubai were playing this week. But I checked the leaderboard, even using my browser's search function, the results were negative.

Alas, no Poulter.

A little websurfing uncovered this note in an IrishTimes.com post:
The five players in closest pursuit of McIlroy on the Race to Dubai standings have all elected not to play in Singapore or Hong Kong: Peter Hanson, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Branden Grace and Ernie Els – have, in effect, conceded the title to the Ulsterman who could be out of reach by the time the ultimate event is held in the desert. Poulter, who has his eyes set on winning a Major following on a second WGC title, has decided to bypass next week’s Hong Kong Open in favour of an appearance in the Australian Masters.
A quick note: Ernie Els couldn't have caught McIlroy anyway. Apparently he didn't play enough European Tour events this year to qualify.

Nevertheless, the golf world is Poulterless this week.

If you want to see how Rory does in his now almost certain triumph in the Race to Dubai, you can check the Singapore Open leaderboard here. When I checked, Rory was +1 after 2 holes and Thomas Bjorn had posted the lead at -5 although he was only through 12 in the TV coverage. Mickelson was on the 4th hole on TV but the leaderboard showed him finished at +2.

But we won't see any Poulterish heroics this week. ** sigh **

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