It’s okay if you don’t share Ian Poulter’s sartorial sensibility or prefer he tone down the peacock style just a little.
But you have to admire the way the guy loves match play.
Personally, I like his style. Poulter brings style and personality to a game that needs both.
When it comes to match play, there’s no one better at this moment. That doesn’t mean Poulter will win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain, but the fact he’s played himself into the Sunday foursome reconfirms his reputation as a match play master.
He’s 19-3-2 in match play the past four years and, if you’ve forgotten, Poulter trigged Europe’s remarkable Ryder Cup comeback last fall with five closing birdies on Saturday afternoon to start a sudden fire on a team that looked until that point like damp wood.
This week, Poulter is playing for himself, as are Jason Day, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan today. No team flags flying.
But the juices are flowing just the same.
Asked Saturday afternoon if his intensity level is close to Ryder Cup level, Poulter paused briefly.
“It’s there,” he said. “Definitely, it’s there.”
And Poulter is right there again.