It was almost four years back when Paul Casey and Ian Poulter opted to stay back in the United States of America for the playoffs of the FedEx Cup instead of going to Scotland and take part in the final qualifying event to make the team for the Ryder Cup.
Having missed the cut at the second playoff event at the FedEx Cup, Poulter made the media his scapegoat and lashed out at them for creating a distraction for him.
Casey and Poulter were later seen in the parking lot that day, having a friendly conversation before they headed off to watch live sport online. Both the golfers made the Ryder Cup team by becoming the captain’s pick when Nick Faldo chose them for the event. This time, the stress maybe far lesser compared to that time, but Ian Poulter will again have to rely on the team captain if he is to play in the Ryder Cup.
Spaniard Sergio Garcia won the event at Greensboro and assured a spot for himself in the European team for the Ryder Cup, but his win bumped Poulter out of the top 10 standings in the event. This week provides the last opportunity for the players to earn a place in their Ryder Cup teams but that is only for those participating at the Johnny Walker Championship being held at Gleneagles.
Players at the Championship will be able to earn Ryder Cup points by their world rankings or the earnings that they make. With The Barclays ending after the Gleneagles event, the points earned here will not be counted. And that means that Ian Poulter will not be able to earn a spot for himself in the team.
However, his performance at the PGA Championship recently where he finished third and his momentary foray into the top 10 has almost guaranteed a place in the Ryder Cup team as the captain’s pick, and the latest golf betting suggests he WILL be playing for Europe in October!