Ian Poulter was still in the holiday spirit with the Tournament of Champions looming, and he didn't decide until Tuesday whether to open his season in Hawaii. He reluctantly packed his bags and didn't have high hopes for the first tournament of the year.
He playfully told one follower on Twitter to ''save your money'' when he saw odds of Poulter winning at 12-to-1. And when he arrived on the Plantation Course - right about the time the rain returned, of course - he conceded to not be as ready to play as he normally is.
''I figured I might as well knock some of the turkey rust off me and come and play for a few days,'' Poulter said Thursday before his pro-am round. ''I might be a little rusty, but I'm going to play and see how we go.''
With only a 30-man field, he only has 29 guys to beat.
And while it was a big flight over from Florida, what's another 5,000 miles after all the places Poulter has gone the last few mo...