Ian Poulter Accidentally Roasts Himself During a Press Conference

Published 10/16/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
MEDINAH, IL – SEPTEMBER 30: Ian Poulter of Europe (R) waits on the 18th green after defeating Webb Simpson 2up during the Singles Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 30, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)


Being a golf reporter is not easy. In a field of over a 100 players, it is pretty challenging to remember all the numbers, stats and details. This calls for an occasional mistake, the reactions to which are pretty common. You either take offence, or go along with it. However, Ian Poulter showed the best way out of this situation.

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AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Ian Poulter of Europe chips on the 1st hole during the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Poulter is currently in Las Vegas, playing the CJ Cup. This is his second appearance after the Ryder Cup, where team US beat the Europeans with a record-breaking score of 19-9. However, in an interview on Thursday after the first day of competition, an interviewer asked him a factually incorrect question.

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His answer, much to everyone’s entertainment, was to roast himself! Let’s take a look at what happened-

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Ian Poulter roasts his Shriner Cup performance

The 3-time winner on the PGA Tour had a disappointing start to the new season at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He played a first round of 2-under 69 and finished T-83. In the second round, he shot a disappointing 3-over 74 and hence, failed to make the cut.

The CJ Cup, being held at the Summit Club in Vegas, is his second appearance this season. However, this is exactly what a reporter was confused about. He asked, “Your first event after the Ryder Cup. Is the game feeling—”

MEDINAH, IL – SEPTEMBER 30: Ian Poulter of Europe celebrates after holing a birdie putt on the 12th hole during the Singles Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 30, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Poulter interjected, and instead of correcting the obvious mistake, tried to make light of it. He said, “I played last week. I missed the cut, but in my eyes I didn’t play, either.”

Poulter, however, understood the intended question. He added, “No, look, you want to come back—I played quite nicely at the Ryder Cup. Obviously you’re tired, a bit disappointed from a team perspective, so for me it’s about trying to play strong in the last closing events for 2021 for me. Keep moving forward, keep playing well and hopefully we can go close.”

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The 45-year-old is a Ryder Cup legend and did not disappoint during the latest edition of the biennial games. Although nicknamed ‘the postman’ for always delivering against the Americans, even his charm could not beat the unstoppable opponents.

His record is 14-6-2 in 22 career matches at the Ryder Cup, and even boasts of a 5-0-1 record in singles. At this edition, he went 1–2–0 and kept his singles legacy alive by winning his match against Tony Finau.

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What do you think of his response at the interview?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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