Ian Poulter: "I might go back to play on DP"

Just over five months have passed since the day Ian James Poulter resigned as a member of the DP World Tour

by Andrea Gussoni
Ian Poulter: "I might go back to play on DP"
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Just over five months have passed since the day Ian James Poulter resigned as a member of the DP World Tour. They were resignations with a bitter, definitive tone. But today the British champion opens up to a possible return to the European Tour.

“As things stand at the moment I wouldn't do it. but let's wait to see the details of the framework agreement" "Never say never. I have played on the European Tour throughout my career, without missing even a year." “I have always played more tournaments than the minimum required, and I have done so at the expense of my income, since I would have earned more by playing on the PGA Tour” “I have always been devoted and loyal to the DP World Tour, so, who knows?” “If everything goes as it should, I could certainly join again and go back to playing on the Tour.

We'll see”. As we know, the negotiations on the definitive agreement between the Tours are going slowly, and the deadline originally foreseen for its definition, December 31st, will probably be postponed. However, Poulter welcomed the end of professional golf's "civil war".

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“We just have to wait to see what happens” “We are all eager to know the details of the final result and what effects it will produce”. After a first professional victory obtained during the 1999 Ivory Coast Open, a tournament on the Challenge Tour calendar; At the end of that same year he obtained his card to participate in the European Circuit during the following season.

He obtained his first victory on this circuit in his first season, during the Italian Open, then ended the season with the title of rookie of the year. In the following years, he won at least one tournament per season, climbing the ranks of European golf to finish in the Top 10 in the Order of Merit rankings in 2003, 2004 and 2006.

His best result at a Grand Slam tournament was his second place at the British Open where he finished four strokes behind Padraig Harrington. During the 2008 Ryder Cup, he was one of captain Nick Faldo's two choices. He does so by winning 4 points out of the 5 possible.

In the doubles, he played three matches with his compatriot Justin Rose and one with the Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell. However, the European team lost the trophy it had held since 2002, beaten by the United States with a score of 16½ to 11½.

Previously, he had already participated in an edition of the Ryder Cup, the 2004 edition played on American soil and which saw the victory of Europe, led by captain Bernhard Langer, with a score of 18 and ½ to 9 and ½.

For the 39th Ryder Cup 2012 which took place on the course of the Medinah Country Club in Chicago, in the 'Foursomes' on Friday morning, Ian (second choice of the captain) is associated with Justin Rose against the pair Tiger Woods / Steve Stricker, where the duo won over the Americans 2&1.

Still associated with Justin Rose for the Saturday morning 'Foursomes', the two friends beat the Bubba Watson / Webb Simpson duo 1up. Associated with world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, he returns to the fight in the last 'Fourball' of Saturday afternoon against the pair Jason Dufner / Zach Johnson with a 1up victory.

Before the duels, he therefore brings 3 points to the European team. In the Sunday singles, captain José Maria Olazábal schedules Ian in the second match against Webb Simpson, victory will be achieved with a beautiful 2up. A new point for Europe and a perfect tournament for Ian. His 2012 total will therefore be: 4 matches, 4 victories.

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