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Poulter: Spieth could be greatest
27 Jul 2015 17:05
Europe's Ryder Cup talisman Ian Poulter claims US Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth could go down as the greatest putter golf has ever seen.
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World number two Spieth has won four times this season and is breathing down Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy's neck at the top of the rankings.
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The 22-year-old American, aiming to become the first player to land the opening three Majors of the year since Ben Hogan in 1953, also came within one shot of making the three-way play-off won by compatriot Zach Johnson at this month's British Open.
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"The putts Jordan is holing is the reason why he's putting himself in position week in week out," Poulter said.
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"Statistically he's the best putter in the game and he may go down as he best anyone has ever seen.
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"It's because of that he is winning Majors, contending for Majors and coming back from positions when he's putting himself out of contention to win after the first round and eventually going on to win."
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Poulter is also renowned as one of golf's best putters and memorably holed five nerveless birdie efforts in the last five holes on the penultimate day of the 2012 Ryder Cup to inspire Europe's 'Miracle of Medinah' victory in Illinois.
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The 39-year-old Englishman feels that Spieth's long-range putting is what separates him from the rest.
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"I don't believe we've seen statistics on putting like we've seen from Jordan," said Poulter who was back at his home club of Woburn on Monday to host an annual event where he plays the course with 96 invited juniors.
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"If you look at the percentage of putts he holes from 25 feet it's remarkable.
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"That's generally the distance you hit it to when you are playing well. It's an amazing percentage of putts that he holes and we all want that sort of putting stroke," said Poulter.
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