What a great feeling to be writing this blog as a member of the European Ryder Cup Team. This will be my 7th appearance and I am so excited; it has been my goal since the beginning of the year and although I did not manage to make the team via the world ranking points, I played my heart out these 9 months and the results speak for themselves. So, lets rewind back to the beginning of July with my visit back to the United Kingdom.
It’s still strange times travelling international, the only way I could get over for the Scottish & the Open was to travel in a bubble from the Travelers championship. Imagine taking a flight with just 25 people on the plane!
@europeantour really produce some of the funniest social media content, this week they set up a spoof presenter for some fun with some of the players, of course my good friend @henrikstenson was one of them but hey he’s been around the block a few times & quickly caught on! I received my payback the following week…….
I enjoy playing this course & it’s a great warm up for the Open in terms of playing different greens, rolling fairways, bump & run shots. Got off to a solid start with 66 & 68 going into the weekend, stalled a touch on Saturday with a 70 but Sunday I felt comfortable and went on a run shooting a 63, annoyingly a missed short birdie putt on 17 cost me getting into the play off.
Sunday was a crazy day, tee off at 11.11am & with the 8 under Rd held the clubhouse lead, the weather delay keep me from leaving and catching the flight for the @euro2020 finals. Finally, when play resumed & 1 player posted 1 better @netsjets got me to Wembley for the 2nd half. Amazing experience with a few of us in a box & truly gutted for the lads to not finish it off with penalties.
What a pleasure to be back at the Open & have the fans, I think it was around 25,000 a day & the atmosphere was just incredible. Again, due to the Covid guidelines we rented a RV on an enclosed site along with @henrikstenson (big mistake!) & @officialtommyfleetwood.
How my friend thought this one up I will never know, middle of Tuesday night I wake up to the sound of what I thought was a huge storm, such a noise & than I look out & there was no rain? Turns out he had dumped a huge amount of TUNA fish on the roof of our RV & the sea gulls were having a field day, ahh
Average start to the championship & had work to do on Friday however a nice 66 took care of business. A further 71 & 68 ended up as a T26 but what an amazing week, as I said the fans were fantastic and a real pleasure to play for during a beautiful summer week in England, 3 birdies on the par 3 16th was such a buzz.
After the Open we had 3 wonderful weeks at home seeing family & friends after some 18 months. During that time, I had a good rummage around and found this outfit from the 2008 Open, what to say I was a little bash in my younger years... During the downtime spent time @woburngolfclub & surprised three awesome juniors, go over to www.youtube.com Ian Poulter channel, we are starting to post a lot of content on there now.
Managed to get in on the number, 50th in the world rankings and took full advantage opening nicely with 64,66,67, had a great ‘bogey’ during the 2nd rd. which shot link did not do justice to my first drive! T5 going into the last day, had a tough Rd. & finished T10 but really pleased with the last 3 events which earnt me valuable Ryder Cup points.
The first of the play off’s sitting 79th & needed to get to 70 or better to advance. Unfortunately, one of those weeks where a 3rd rd. 71 dropped me back from T30 to T60th, a last rd. 67 moved me up 29 spots but not good enough & finished my @pgatour season in 79th place.
So, I had 2 weeks off with the family, gym work & practice before heading back to the United Kingdom again. Also signed off the next items for www.ianpoultershop.com , a great looking cooler flask & hat – ‘SHAG BAG’
Back over to the UK for the @europeantour flagship event, so good to play in front of the fans, sadly I could not get it going and missed the cut which meant a nervous 72 hours waiting for @padraigharrington to announce his picks after the team final standings Sunday night
So now I will prepare for the end of the month, so excited and it never gets old trust me.
I will post my final blog this year after finishing the season in November sharing my Ryder Cup experience, until then.