Yesterday marked the first Sunday PGA Tour round I’ve watched this year. I’m a big match play fan, but the format is not generally all that great for TV. Case in point is this year. Two Englishmen competing with no Phil, Tiger, Stricker or any other big draws. No #1 seeds either.
Classic case of short game beats long game – a.k.a. “Pinky did it”
Paul Casey can bomb it. He was longer than Ian Poulter (dressed in all pink) on many occasions by 20-30 yards. But length didn’t matter as much as short game, and Poulter’s was awesome Sunday. Ian made some incredible up and downs to keep the pressure and the lead on Casey. Just when I thought he’d gag, he would hit a great recovery shot in what looked like near impossible situations. Bravo.
Honestly, I haven’t watched much Poulter so I didn’t know much about his game. I can now safely say that his short game is a great weapon. At least it was this week.