I make no apologies for starting my weekly column with hearty congratulations to a non-ISM player. Very well done Ian Poulter on his World Match Play win in Spain.
If I had to nominate somebody to hole an eight foot putt for my life then I would definitely ask Poults to take it. At the moment he is definitely the best matchplayer in the world.
It’s been quite a bit of a social week because before the European Tour Players’ dinner on Tuesday, I attended the Bolton Wanderers player awards party. Let me describe it simply: it was a raucous occasion.
The Tour dinner was less so, but nevertheless an excellent occasion. In fact it was a privilege to attend it because not only did Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie attend, but also did every single one of his victorious team.
And if that takes some topping, it actually was because not only was world No.1 Lee Westwood in attendance, but also all four major champions. It was a room full of honours and class.
It was a wonderful event and concluded with a tear-inducing celebration of Seve Ballesteros’s life.
Elsewhere, Branden Grace moved a step nearer reclaiming a European Tour card with a top 10 finish on the Challenge Tour while Chris Lloyd continued his own impressive move up the rankings with another display of consistency. Please remember, I told you to watch out for this lad.
Now we’re at Wentworth for the BMW Championship and it promises to be a great week over Ernie Els’s re-vamped old Burma Road. We have many runners and I believe at least one or two will make the frame.