NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Ian Poulter lashed out at the media Saturday after missing the cut in the Deutsche Bank Championship, claiming they created too large of a distraction about the Ryder Cup to allow him to concentrate on golf.
With his last chance to leave an impression on Nick Faldo before the European captain announces his two picks Sunday, Poulter shot a 74 to miss the cut by five shots at the TPC Boston.
Paul Casey, also hopeful of being a pick, took triple bogey on his 15th hole and likewise missed the cut. They are considered favorites to be picked, along with Darren Clarke, who is playing in Scotland this week.
Poulter said he was exhausted after his week, which only lasted two rounds, and he blamed the media on both sides of the Atlantic for making the week harder than it should have been.
“It’s been a very long week, and I think a lot of misspent energy has been taken up by obvious press – media, players, everybody. It’s just so mentally draining to be in this position, to listen, to read, to hear all the B.S. this week. I’m spent. I’m exhausted. I didn’t want to finish the last two tournaments like this.”
Asked if he thought Faldo would pick him, Poulter glared at a reporter.
“Do you know what? I’m sick and tired of all this nonsense,” he said. “I’m absolutely spent. I can’t waste any more energy on this. If I get the call, I’m ready to play. And trust me, I’ll do my job.”
Missing the cut also meant Poulter was done for the year on the PGA Tour, having no chance to move into the top 70 for the third round of the playoffs in St. Louis.
Casey, who shot 73 and missed the cut by two shots, still has an outside chance to go to St. Louis depending on what others do over the final two rounds. As for his chance of being a Ryder Cup pick?
“I have no clue,” Casey said. “I’d say right now, I’m annoyed at not figuring out this golf course very well.”
Faldo likely will use one of his picks on Clarke, who has won twice in the last the last four month and would bring the experience of five Ryder Cups to a team that already will have four rookies.
Poulter brought more attention to himself this week by choosing to play outside Boston and boost his PGA Tour playoff chances instead of playing the Johnnie Walker Championship in Scotland, where a top five could have earned him a spot on the team.
Then came reports from Britain that Faldo already promised Poulter a spot on the team, which explained why he was in the United States. Poulter denied those reports, which led to an exchange of words with Colin Montgomerie.
Poulter said the entire week was one big distraction.
“It’s a joke,” Poulter said. “It’s not the kind of buzz you want to play golf on, trust me. The kind of nonsense that’s been in my head for a whole week is not the right kind of pressure.
It’s nonsense,” he said. “You’ve read it. You’ve wrote it. Some of you might be guilty or not, I don’t know. But boy, what one hell of a week.”
Poulter bristled when someone suggested that handling the pressure of trying to make the team might show whether someone can handle a week at the Ryder Cup. Poulter has played on only one team, in 2004 at Oakland Hills, where he played only two matches.
“How did I handle the Open?” he said, referring to his runner-up finish at Royal Birkdale. “That’s pressure. That’s what you thrive on. To have to read all that nonsense, listen to all that, it’s totally different pressure. I’ve performed in the big tournaments. We’ve all seen what happens when you get batted for a week. It happened earlier on in the year. I’m tired of it.”
Poulter was quoted in a British magazine earlier this year as saying that when he reaches his full potential, it will be just him and Tiger Woods. He became the butt of such jokes that even Woods said to him when they passed each other in the locker room, “How are you doing No. 2?”
Poulter was asked if he could learn anything from this week should he find himself in the same position two years from now. But he didn’t allow the reporter to finish the question.
“I won’t be,” he said. “There is no way I will be. Truly. I’ll be on the side by then.”