Poulter finally watches Ryder Cup video, says two shots still stand out

Ian Poulter at the Ryder Cup
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Even though he knew who won, Ian Poulter says, he got caught up watching the Ryder Cup highlight video.
Doug Ferguson
Associated Press

Series: Ryder Cup

Published: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 | 7:09 p.m.

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Ian Poulter struggled with jet lag going from Dubai to California, and he was on his own last week, giving him plenty of time to kill. It turned out to be the perfect opportunity to watch highlights of the Ryder Cup for the first time since Europe's comeback at Medinah.

And he still couldn't believe it.

''I knew the outcome and I'm still sitting there saying ... 'look at the board.' The board kept changing, changing, changing,'' he said. ''It was really solid blue, then it went empty with three matches all square, more red numbers, then it went blue again. Calculations were going all over the place.''

The two shots that stood out for Poulter were Steve Stricker's chip behind the 17th green that went 7 feet past the hole and led to bogey that gave Martin Kaymer the lead, and Justin Rose making a 35-foot putt on the 17th to square his match with Phil Mickelson.

''If you're trying to find something late in the field, those were it,'' he said.

His only criticism of U.S. Captain Davis Love III was the very thing Love already has said he regrets -- the hole locations for Sunday singles. The pin was far right on the 17th and front right on the 18th.

''If he goes left corner, left corner, they win the Ryder Cup,'' Poulter said, noting that most of the Americans favor a right-to-left shot.

His overall observation of this Ryder Cup is one that few can dispute.

''I'm not sure we'll see another one quite like it,'' he said.