Ian Poulter today labelled his performance as “disgusting, disgraceful and unacceptable” as he crashed out of the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria.
Poulter, who inspired Europe’s Ryder Cup triumph at Medinah last year with four wins from four matches, lost his opening group game to Thongchai Jaidee on Thursday and was beaten on the 18th hole at Thracian Cliffs by Thomas Aiken this afternoon.
Two down with four to play, Poulter got back on level terms with birdies on the 15th and 16th, but then bogeyed the last after hooking his drive onto the adjacent fourth fairway and failing to get up and down after hitting his approach just over the green.
“I have no excuses,” said Poulter, who won the event in 2011 and felt it had come at the right time after missing the cut at the Players Championship last week followed a first missed cut of his career at the US Masters.
“There is no excuse for that display of golf over the last two days. It’s disgusting, disgraceful and there’s no explanation. I should have been able to finish the match off.
“My concentration was simply not there and therefore you make mental errors when you have not used your brain. It’s completely unacceptable.”
Asked where he went to next, Poulter added: “The tallest tree with the shortest rope. I am p***** off. I will stay p***** off for a couple of hours and then get to England and win at Wentworth (venue for next week’s BMW PGA Championship).”