When Nick Faldo chose Ian Poulter, as one of his two wild cards, the media, and the games opinion-formers, were scathing in their criticism of him. Poulter was said to be lucky to be selected, over the in-form Darren Clarke. It was also suggested, that he must of known, in advance of his selection, as he chose not to play in Scotland, to secure vital points, ahead of the event.
All of which, proved perfect motivation for Poulter. With his natural self-confidence, he wasn’t likely to be phased, by the event, that is the Ryder Cup. But with some many expert’s doubting his credentials, he was given the perfect opportunity, to take his game to another level.
Michael Jordan used to thrive on the abuse from opponents. It increased his focus, and took him out of his comfort zone. All of Jordan’s performance energy, would be directed to proving the abuser wrong. Clearly, Ian Poulter, found such an edge.
For Poulter, the level of criticism, was matched by the brilliance of his golf. As if, he transformed all the wrath, into high-grade performance fuel. Each doubt cast upon his capability, used to ram the words down the perpetrator’s throat. The doubters, gave Poulter, a perfect focus. Easy to see targets, to prove a point to. Which he did with a quiet relish, leaving no-one in any doubt, as to his worthiness as a European Ryder Cup player.
It takes a special confidence in your own ability to do this. Self-doubt cannot exist. The Valhalla Ryder Cup, enabled Ian Poulter to show his considerable mettle on the world-stage. It could well be the making of him, as a world player.