Match-play wizard Ian Poulter would like to see that format in the Olympics

England's Ian Poulter is the defending champ in this week's World Match Play Championship.

Given his excellent Ryder Cup record and his unprecedented double in individual match-play tournaments, Ian Poulter’s preferred format for the 2016 Olympics is no surprise.


“I don’t know where they are with their decision-making ... but I think match play would suit the Olympics better than a stroke-play event,” the Englishman said Wednesday.

The proposed Olympic competition for men and women is a 72-hole individual stroke-play tournament, but Poulter surely would be installed among the favorites if there was a late change.

One of the grittiest players on the circuit, Poulter looks to be the man to beat when he defends his title beginning today in the World Match Play Championship in Spain.


USGA THEFTS: The U.S. Amateur trophy is among artifacts missing after a burglar broke into the U.S. Golf Association Museum in northern New Jersey.

Officers found several trophy cases had been extensively damaged with an ax and noticed some trophies and other items were missing.

Museum officials say among the items taken were the U.S. Amateur trophy that was created in 1926, and a replica of the late Ben Hogan’s Hickok Belt, which he won for being the nation’s top professional athlete in 1953.

SIGN OF THE TIMES: Matt Kuchar, who played with slowpoke Kevin Na in the final round en route to victory Sunday at The Players Championship, was asked this week at the Byron Nelson Championship what he would do about slow play.

“It might be interesting to have a tournament with a shot clock,” she said. “You would hope it wouldn’t be on a hard course. In certain places, if you have 3-footers, and you miss, it’s seven feet coming back. But I would be interested to see a shot clock thrown out there.”


LPGA TOUR: Veteran stars Suzann Pettersen and Cristie Kerr will try to break into the win column in the Sybase Match Play Championship, which begins today in Gladstone, N.J.

Pettersen will face Jodi Ewart in her first-round; Kerr is paired against Belen Mozo, of Spain.



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