Not if, but when – Poults on R-Mac

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Ian Poulter was not surprised to see Rory McIlroy shake off his Masters nightmare and win his his first major at Congressional.

Ian Poulter was not surprised to see Rory McIlroy shake off his Masters nightmare and win his first major at Congressional.

The colourful, straight-talking Englishman hailed his Northern Ireland Ryder Cup team-mate as one the best ball-strikers in the game and claims his eight-shot victory at US Open came as no shock to him.

“Look at his first rounds in majors…. it was a case of when, not if.” Poulter told the media in Connecticut on Wednesday ahead of his tee-off in the Travelers Championship on Thursday

“He’s as good a ball-striker as I’ve ever seen. He swings it naturally – there’s not much technically he needs to worry about.

“He hit 62 of 72 greens at the US Open. There’s no way I could ever do that.

“Not too many people can do that, especially after The Masters when everyone probably would have given him the year off.

“Two months later he was playing like it (his Masters meltdown) never happened – amazing!”

“He’s just clearly better than anyone else. There’s so few really class ball-strikers out here – I know that sounds silly, but real class ball-strikers like Nick Price and Greg Norman.

“Greg Norman in the mid-80s is who he (McIlroy) is. He just completely outplays everyone with no fear.

“Some people are being aggressive and they’re just cavalier. He’s not cavalier.”

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