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Chamblee: ‘Ian Poulter is the worst ball-striker at the Ryder Cup…by a lot’



The Ryder Cup gets underway this morning at Whistling Straits, with the foursome pairings announced Thursday evening.

From those fixtures, Brandel Chamblee has questioned the European pairing of Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy, calling the former by far and away the worst ball-striker of the 24 players in Wisconsin.

Speaking on Thursday evening, Chamblee said

“Pairing up Rory McIlroy with Ian Poulter, that’s a gamble. Maybe it pays off. But this is not the same Ian Poulter from 2012 that blitzed the US in that fourth session. 

This is a guy who has only played sparingly over the last couple of Ryder Cups and wasn’t even playing for Europe in 2016. And of the 24 players here, he is the worst ball-striker…by a lot.

While raising his doubts, Chamblee did concede that the Englishman is an excellent putter with the ability to stun at this year’s Ryder Cup. However, the Golf Channel analyst brought up the last time Poulter and Mcilroy teamed up back in 2018 in Paris, where they were defeated 4&3 by Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

“This is a beefed up golf course. Now, he’s a fabulous putter. We know he can stun. But that’s a bit of a surprise. 

And the last time that duet went out, Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, was the last team event in the fourth session in Paris and they got run over by Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, incidentally in foursomes play as well.”

Poulter and McIlroy went 1-1 when teamed up together in Paris, and while Chamblee’s comments may upset many fans of Team Europe, Poulter did finish the 2020/21 PGA Tour season ranked 180th in Strokes Gained: Ball Striking. 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito



  1. Seve's Ghost Cajones

    Sep 29, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Padraig Harrington had zero imput on this team, he was just a guy they called Captain. Shane Lowry was the one bone he got.

    This cup was never going to be won by the Euros. Italy is going to be another bloodbath for Europe as well. I’m guessing Stricker gets the nod for the road game. Bethpage will be Phil’s year and he’ll get the USA a third consecutive cup victory.

    Then maybe things get interesting as we move to Ireland (Maybe Paddy gets his “second chance”?) and Hazeltine in 2029 feels like a Zach Johnson team. I imagine Zach is in line for a Pres Cup team as well as he gets ready to be inducted into the WGHoF.

  2. Mo

    Sep 28, 2021 at 7:11 am

    To Poulter’s credit he did win his singles match and other teammates didn’t fare much better.
    It was one of Europe’s weakest teams ever vs one of best teams ever.

  3. Brian

    Sep 25, 2021 at 8:24 am

    Just the fact that Padraig chose Poulter over Rose still boggles my mind.

    • Mickey R

      Sep 26, 2021 at 6:32 am

      Padraig Harrington should have let me pick the team it reminds me of the way our National football team is picked. Theres so much talent that could have done a better job thousands to choose from and they pick the same as before with the exception of a few Rahm, Havland,Weisberger

  4. Dikk Hertz from Holden

    Sep 24, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    If Poulter’s handicap were any higher, he’d have an extra chromosome.

  5. Stewart Gemmell

    Sep 24, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Chamblee is correct here and I’d have gone further myself in that Poulter is a terrible pick in the first place.
    To play him in foursomes is a strange decision to say the least.

    I like Harrington but his picks and pairings don’t look great.

  6. Jack Nash

    Sep 24, 2021 at 9:32 am

    How’s Chumplee’s Ryder Cup record compared to that lousy ball striker Poulters?

    • Reading Comprehension

      Sep 24, 2021 at 11:47 am

      You must not have read the article. He wasn’t comparing RC records. He was stating a fact. “Poulter did finish the 2020/21 PGA Tour season ranked 180th in Strokes Gained: Ball Striking.”

      • GaGolfer

        Sep 25, 2021 at 8:50 pm

        Apparently if don’t have a better record than a golfer you’re commenting on, you can’t comment on them. I guess Jack isn’t providing any more commentary on any golfer, ever.

  7. RichBoston

    Sep 24, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Chamblee is frequently quoted when he really has nothing to say. Like here.

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“The sports bet of the year” – Gambler wins nearly $1 million on Ryder Cup parlay



According to Darren Rovell of the Action Network, an anonymous golfer placed an $8 parlay at FanDuel sports book that netted him nearly $1 million dollars by correctly predicting the outcome of all 12 of the Sunday singles matches at the Ryder Cup.

To place this wager into context, with 12 matches, and three different outcomes for each match, there were over 500,000 different possibilities that could have occurred. The bettor correctly predicted the outcome of all 12 matches, even down to the ties.

Rovell put it best, undeniably, the sports bet of the year.

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The ruthless message Tiger Woods sent to inspire the U.S team at Ryder Cup



Tiger Woods may not have been on-site at Whistling Straits to witness the U.S. side’s record-breaking Ryder Cup victory, but his influence in the 2021 U.S. Ryder Cup success was more than evident.

Whether it be from the average age of the side being under 30-years-old and the majority if not all inspired to play the game from watching arguably the greatest golfer ever, to his role as unofficial vice-captain and being in regular touch with the U.S. side, Tiger’s influence was in full flow at the 43rd Ryder Cup.

According to reports, The 82-time winner on the PGA Tour inspired those history-breaking players by sending a ruthless message before Sunday’s singles urging the side to “Step on their necks”. message that was clearly understood loud and clear and then put into action as the U.S. ran out 19-9 winners in Wisconsin.

That message gives a look inside the ruthless mind of the 15-time major champion, who tweeted his congratulations to the U.S. side on Twitter following the event.

Before the tournament, Steve Stricker told media that Woods wouldn’t be attending the competition, but in his Sunday victory remarks stated: “Tiger has been a big part of this team. Shoutout to him.”

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Bryson cruises into next stage of Long Drive Championship; How you can watch his progress today



Fresh off his heroics at the Ryder Cup, Bryson DeChambeau channeled the energy he showed off at Whistling Straits to cruise into the next stage of the 2021 Professional Long Driver’s Association World Championship.

During first-round action, participants were split into five 16 man groups, with DeChambeau in group three. A player earned 200 points for winning a set, 100 points for finishing second and 50 points for finishing third.

Players were given two and a half minutes to hit six balls as far as they could in the grid area, and on his fourth drive of his fourth set Bryson unleashed a monstrous drive of 412-yards.

Bryson hit the third-longest drive of those in Group 3 on Tuesday, with Josh Cassaday hitting the longest drive of the group with a 417-yard bomb.

Needing approximately 275-300 points to advance, Bryson cruised through with a total of 800 points, just 100 points behind the winner of the group Scottie Pearman.

The tournament is now down to the last 64, and on Wednesday, the top eight from each group will advance to the Final 32, and then the top 8 from each group progresses on Thursday. The final then takes place on Friday. 

The event is not on cable television, but it can be watched through the PLDA’s YouTube Channel via live stream. The stream begins at 3:00 p.m. ET. , with Bryson’s group off at 3.45 p.m. You can also keep track of the leaderboard and scores here.

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