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QUICK TAKE: Poulter Left ‘Raging’ After Irksome Finish

Ian Poulter (Photo credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – Sometimes the words fit the actions and this time they did. “The water is going to taste like acid when I have a drink later tonight,” a fiery Ian Poulter said. “I’m raging right now.” At least that’s what he said publicly. What he said privately…

QUICK TAKE: Perspective Separates Major Champs Garcia, Stenson

Sergio Garcia (right) and Henrik Stenson (Photo credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – Major champions are different. They look similar, talk the same but there is a slight swagger in their walk, and they give off an almost imperceptible air of superiority. They know that in the grand scheme of things they have done something very few other…

QUICK TAKE: Englishmen Enjoy ‘Lovely’ Morning At TPC Sawgrass

Tommy Fleetwood at the 2018 Players Championship (Photo Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports).

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | It is thought it has never happened before. Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood playing together in a tournament, that is. Not just three Europeans. Not just three Britons. But three Englishmen, all of whom figure to be at the Ryder Cup in France…

QUICK TAKE: Poulter Marches Forth With Singular Focus

Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter's runner-up finish at the 2017 Players Championship rejuvenated his career. (Photo Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | What a difference a year makes. This time in 2017 Ian Poulter arrived at TPC Sawgrass, a late entrant for the Players Championship because of a rules adjustment that went in his favour and made him eligible, not ineligible. It was a stroke of fortune…

QUICK TAKE: New Tiger Is A Joy To Behold

Tiger laughs with Justin Thomas prior to last month's Masters. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | It’s not just that he’s back playing golf, that he is fit, that he can generate a club speed that is remarkable for a man of 42 and that he and Phil Mickelson seem to be conducting a love-in to end all love-ins. All these…

QUICK TAKE: Rahm Pays Mind To Seve’s Long Shadow

Jon Rahm celebrates an eagle on the eighth hole during last month's Masters. (Photo: Mike Segar, Reuters)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | Will Jon Rahm ever be able to step out of the shadow of Seve Ballesteros? Not that Rahm, who is 23 and a bull of a young Spaniard, minds all the references to his famous, much-loved predecessor who won nearly 100 tournaments worldwide and five…