May 14, 2011

Ian Poulter Sprints To Finish His Round

If you were watching any of the Live@ online coverage of the Players Championship you probably noticed a rather well dressed guy running to the famed 17th hole. Yes it was Englisman Ian Poulter trying to finish his round before the horn went and play was called.

Here's Brian Wacker's from take of the sprinting Englishman.
Knowing he was running out of time and eager to avoid a 5:30 a.m. wake-up call for a 7:45 a.m. restart Sunday morning, Poulter sprinted to the 17th green, pulled the flag himself and quickly lined up his putt. He two-putted for par, grabbed his driver and sprinted to the 18th tee -- only Phil Mickelson’s group had just teed off. Mickelson’s group stepped aside, though, and Poulter piped his tee shot 304 yards down the fairway before eventually making bogey for a 74 to fall to even par for the tournament. “A 300-yard sprint was well worth four hours in bed,” said Poulter, who added that Mickelson gave him the green light back on the 16th hole. “Phil came over and said you have to tee off, just give us a shout.” That’s exactly what Poulter did and it resulted in his best drive of the day -- even though his heart rate was up from all the running. “It was probably about the same as your heart rate is when you’re playing the Ryder Cup so it was just taking you back a few months,” Poulter joked. “I think quite a few guys in that situation would have done the exact same thing.”
Poulter in a hurry on No. 17 in Round 3 of THE PLAYERS

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