Say this for Ian Poulter: The guy knows how to get under the skin of Americans.
A few weeks ago, he was yapping about America's chances in the World Cup. (How'd England do, by the way, Ian?) And now, he's saying that America is old, fat, and in the way — or something like that. As he told the Guardian:
"The American guys who have won all the tournaments over the past few years are getting older. Phil [Mickelson] is 40 – can he do what Vijay [Singh] did in his 40s? He's strong enough; it's whether he is hungry enough, I guess.
"The talent [in America] to replace them is very young and needs a bit more experience, so we have a 15-year window. The Americans have a gap and that gap is being filled by European guys right now, guys who are in their late 20s, early 30s and who are doing the job right now.
"In five years' time we should have taken a few majors. I don't want to put a number on it but the [English] guys that are in the top 40 in the world are all capable of winning them. It's for us to go out there and prove it but we can certainly win one or two a year, for sure."
Why, that goofy-panted rat bast — wait a minute, now that I think about it, he's kind of right. Anthony Kim has as much potential as anyone out there, as does Rickie Fowler, but nobody's going to be expecting either of those guys to pile up majors anytime soon. No, for the moment the future belongs to Poulter, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and other Euros.
Of course, let's not forget who usually wins in the long run in all these America-Europe battles. One abbreviation. Three letters. Scream it loud and scream it proud ...