Ian Poulter is making the news rounds because he told CNBC that he wouldn’t trade his Ryder Cup memories for a Major:
“I haven’t won a major and everyone keeps telling me I haven’t won a major. But for me the Ryder Cup has been my major and I wouldn’t trade my memories or my time in the Ryder Cup. That trophy has meant so much to so many people over the years.”
I believe him. I also think that in many ways, the Majors are overrated. The whole “you can’t be considered a great golfer unless you’ve won a Major” mantra is just plain wrong. Winning a major is as much luck and timing as anything. I can give you a fairly long list of Major winners who really weren’t that great.
Poulter is a great player without a Major. I particularly admire his “up from the pro-shop” story.