Time for Poulter to let his clubs do the talking
Unless you’ve been on Mars over the past fortnight, you’ll be aware on the imbroglio surrounding former PGA of America chair Ted Bishop’s sacking from the post, following a Twitter response to comments made by Ian Poulter in his recent autobiography about Sir Nick Faldo.
During the Ryder Cup, it was revealed that 2008 European captain Faldo had referred to Sergio Garcia as ‘useless’ when looking back at the Europeans only unsuccessful Cup bid this century.
Ian Poulter (Credit: Anthony Powter)
In his autobiography “No Limits”, Poulter wrote: “It makes me laugh. Faldo is talking about someone being useless at the 2008 Ryder Cup. That’s the Ryder Cup where he was captain. That’s the Ryder Cup where the Europe team suffered a heavy defeat. And he was captain. So who’s useless?”
Bishop took umbrage to these remarks and replied in turn on with a Tweet that was later deleted but not before the damage to his reputation and career had been done:
“@IanJamesPoulter -Faldo’s record stands by itself. Six majors and all-time RC points. Yours vs. His? Lil Girl. @NickFaldo006 @pgaofamerica”
Bishop also posted an expanded version of his remarks on a Facebook site, which included the line: “sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess.”
The Board of the PGA acted quickly and removed Bishop from his post and the commentary has rolled on from there, with peak body after media outlet weighing in with their thoughts on the sexist nature of the remarks, the severity of the punishment weighed out to Bishop and so on.
For his part, Poulter is back doing what he needs to do ‘better’ than he has in recent times – preparing to compete in and win a golf tournament at this week’s BMW Masters in Shanghai, the first of the four-pronged Final Series in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
I haven’t read his book so I’m not sure if he’s detailed his thoughts on not having won a golf tournament in nigh on two years, also in China at the HSBC Champions event which will be staged next week.
The 38-year old’s tally of missed cuts in 2014 are more than double the top ten finishes he’s nailed down and his world ranking, as high as No. 10 shortly after that HSBC win, is now at No. 43 and falling.
His now traditional centre stage performance at the Ryder Cup – where he had to rely on a captain’s pick to play this year – was also a little down at Gleneagles when compared to past heroics.
Poulter will be 40 when the 2016 Ryder Cup rolls around again and won’t be able to rely on reputation forever, just ask former World No. 1 Luke Donald what it’s like to ‘not’ get the phone call.
Hopefully his autobiography will be a best seller and he’ll continue to sell truckloads of his designer clothing but Poulter would probably agree, it’s well past time for Poulter’s clubs and not his fingers to do the talking.