Love him or loathe him, Poulter has you on the edge of your seat

The Scoop

You might hate Ian Poulter, but you can't stop watching Ian Poulter. It's why we all secretly love Ian Poulter, writes Alex Perry

Hello. Welcome to Dialled In, and it’s Masters week!

OK. Breathe.

Are you breathing? Good. Some admin…

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Anyway, back to business and what a ridiculous year for Ian Poulter.

First he gets told he’s lost his PGA Tour card, then is told there was a mistake and actually he’s alright.

Then at the WGC Match Play he gets told he’s qualified for The Masters when in fact he hadn’t.

Then, having missed out on a spot at Augusta by a single world ranking spot, heads to Houston and wins his first strokeplay event on American soil to book his ticket to Georgia.

What a rollercoaster ride it was, and if you’re anything like me you’ll have been on the edge of your seat throughout.

When Beau Hossler holed a fourth birdie in a row to pull level…

Then Poults almost immediately chunked a chip…

But it’s OK because he birdied 18 to force a play-off…

Also…

But seriously…

I did feel sorry for him, honest…

And this was just an open goal…

And a promising message from someone I’m sure we’re all hoping is Poulter’s Ryder Cup captain come September…

And here’s what the man himself had to say…

And, because it was the standout moment of the day…

Poulter divides opinion, mainly because of his personality and tweets about his nanny having to fly in economy, but I’ve never had anything but pleasant experiences with him. This isn’t a hey look I once interviewed a top golfer moment, I just speak to so many people that can’t stand him and it never fails to surprise me.

Every time I’ve been in his company he’s always been funny and charming and willing to do anything you ask of him. Apart from when I suggested he jump in a bunker and do “sand angels”, that sparked a response that I’m sure you can work out.

Right, I’m off to stick a tenner on Poulter breaking his major duck at Augusta this week.

Admit it, you know you want him to.

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