Brandel Chamblee On Ian Poulter - "Among The 24 Players. He's The Worst Ball Striker By A Lot."

Brandel Chamblee On Ian Poulter - "Among The 24 Players. He's The Worst Ball Striker By A Lot."

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Brandel Chamblee didn't mince his words on Thursday evening as he took aim at Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia.

Brandel Chamblee On Ian Poulter - "Among The 24 Players. He's The Worst Ball Striker By A Lot."

Speaking after the morning foursomes were announced, The Golf Channel's Brandel Chamblee said that the pairing of Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy was a "gamble."

Appearing in his seventh Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits (opens in new tab), Poulter has been a huge influence on previous Ryder Cups, with an unbelievable record of 14 wins, 6 losses and 2 halves in the Ryder Cup.

But Chamblee believes that the Ian Poulter (opens in new tab) of now is completely different of that a few years ago, saying: “maybe it pays off, but this is not the same Ian Poulter from 2012 that blitzed the US in that fourth session.

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Poulter was the catalyst to Europe's success in 2012. (Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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"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. Of the 24 players here, he is the worst ball-striker – by a lot."

Chamblee didn't stop there, going on to say that Sergio Garcia (opens in new tab) was the worst putter on show at Whistling Straits.

The comments didn't seem to sit well with golf fans of Team Europe, with users on Twitter responding below:

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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.


Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.


Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

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