Mixed emotions for Poulter in Arizona
IAN Poulter is back in the world's top ten for the first time in 25 months – but not in the way he wanted.
Europe's Ryder Cup hero failed to make it into the final of the Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson, losing 4&3 to defending champion Hunter Mahan.
It meant a seventh all-American final in the event's 15-year history, with Matt Kuchar beating Australian Jason Day by the same margin in the other semi-final.
"It's easy to get up for Ian because he's so good at match play," Mahan said.
"I played really well. I was getting up and down from a lot of tough spots."
Winner of the title three years ago, Poulter was also trying to make it back-to-back World Golf Championship victories after his triumph at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai last November.
"It's a shame really and disappointing," Poulter said.