Poulter Laments Over Tiger “Misquote”

Even Ian Poulter admitted it was THE golf story of the week.

And so it should be whenever someone boasts proudly that he would one day walk astride Tiger Woods at the forefront of golf.

Words, however, can do much damage and the 32-year-old Briton is now in crisis management mode.

Poulter claims he was misquoted in Golf World magazine of saying things such as he did not rate other players and felt that, once he reached his potential, it would only “me and Tiger” who can capture all the glory.

That is some boast, and it is difficult to imagine any pro, no matter how good, actually claiming such a thing.

Not that confidence is a problem with the top players but the simple facts and stats suggest that Woods, who has 13 major titles to Poulter’s none, will take some catching.

Poulter claims that the finished article only used a portion of what he actually said and, even then, it was out of context. He was quoted on the Telegraph as saying:

“Had I been quoted verbatim, all those people who have been left thinking I’m a complete idiot would have understood where I was coming from. Instead, my answers were truncated and distorted.”

He claimed he told the interviewer that he couldn’t get to number one on the World Rankings with Tiger around but that number two would be possible.

If that is the case, it is indeed an example of poor journalism.

The published comments could not have come at a more awkward time with both Poulter and Woods competing at the Dubai Desert Classic this week on the European Tour.

World number 22 Poulter was tied with five others on five-under 211 after three rounds, just two shots behind Woods, who tumbled from atop the leadership with a 73 to lie joint fifth on 209.

South African Ernie Els leads the way going into the final round with 205 after his 65 on Saturday, one stroke ahead of Henrik Stenson.

One Response to “Poulter Laments Over Tiger “Misquote””

  1. Ron - Canada says:

    Hi Andy’
    Appreciate the news.

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