Ian Poulter and Rickie Fowler 'overrated'

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IAN POULTER | RICKIE FOWLER

An anonymous poll conducted by Sports Illustrated has found that Ian Poulter and Rickie Fowler are the most overrated players in golf … as voted for by their fellow PGA Tour professionals!


Both players received 24% of the voting in the poll, with the full results expected to be revealed on the Golf.com website at some point on Tuesday.

World No.30 Ian Poulter, 39, once ranked as high fifth, is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour at the WGC Match Play Championship in 2010 and the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2012, while he has a further ten wins on the European Tour, with his first coming back in 2000 at the Italian Open.

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The Englishman’s failure to win a major is no doubt one of the reasons behind this verdict of his fellow professionals, with his best finish being runner-up at the 2008 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, while last month he recorded his best ever finish at the Masters, coming T6.

Fowler, 26, has won just the once on the PGA Tour at the Wells Fargo Championship in May 2012. In 2014, he became only the third player in history after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to achieve top five spots in all four majors in a calendar year, with runner-up finishes at the Open Championship and the US PGA Championship.

The American is in his sixth full season on the PGA Tour and although he has years on his side, one win has to be considered as an underachievement considering his worldwide image, undoubtedly helped by being the face of Cobra-Puma Golf.

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And in comparison to world No.1 Rory McIlroy, who is seven months younger than Fowler with nine more PGA Tour wins and four more majors, it’s understandable why Fowler’s peers have arrived at that conclusion.

Despite his two Masters wins, Bubba Watson was third on the poll with 12%, with Hunter Mahan in fourth on 8%.

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