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Poulter in contention at FedEx Cup

European star showing form to concern US Ryder Cup team

Posted Sep 10, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Ian Poulter

Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter is in contention for the FedEx Cup event being held in Chicago, United States, despite a wobble on the 10th during his first round.

It’s great to see Poults finding some good form ahead of the Ryder Cup showpiece at Celtic Manor in October. He has been a star performer at the Cups he has played at so far and I’m sure he’s one of the European players who the Yanks fear most.

His unpredictability, his brilliance in the team format of the game and his patriotism make him a formidable opponent in the Ryder Cup, yet I’m pleased he’s also showing this form in a quality competition. He’s two behind the in-form Matt Kuchar, a potential nemesis for Poultor at the Celtic Manor event, and one off American Ryan Moore. Retief Goosen is well placed a shot back from the Englishman.

I’d love to see Poulter win this one, and although he’s not short on confidence, a win here could make him unplayable in a few weeks time. I think he has a great chance but I think it’s between him, Kuchar and Goosen. These three have experience at the top of the leaderboard and that could prove invaluable.

Fellow Europeans Justin Rose and Luke Donald are well-placed after 68s (three under) and may be worth a cheeky outside, each way bet but the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy appear out of the race. Woods sits at plus two whilst the Northern Irishman had a shocker and is way back at plus five.

On the subject of Woods, US Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin, this week suggested he may pair the World Number One with the man snapping at his heels to take over that much-coveted spot, Phil Mickelson. The pair have been teammates at five Ryder Cups but only paired together twice, losing both times. That could be an intimidating pair for any of the Europeans but I still feel, especially with home advantage, that those two can be beaten. Especially Woods. His form has fluttered between woeful and brilliant, and this inconsistency may play into the hands of the Europeans. October 1st will be an awesome day for golf lovers.

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