It's Ian Poulter in Singapore, Anthony Kim in Spain

Remember a couple of weeks ago when Ian Poulter caught some serious heat from Colin Montgomerie for his absence from the Vivendi Trophy Match Play event?

OK, maybe you don't, but suffice to say that Monty was mad. And you know how Monty gets when he's mad.

When it all hit the proverbial fan, Mr. Poulter responded (on Twitter, bien sûr) by saying that he was taking some time off to avoid career-killing burn-out. He then proceeded to take a month and a half off. If today is any indication, Ian Poulter may have a point.

Returning from his six week break he posted an opening round 66 and currently leads in the first round of the Barclays Singapore Open in Sentosa. He's using a new Cobra driver too. Remember last year? His Cobra Speed Pro S was stolen in Shanghai forcing him to withdraw from the the Singapore Open.

OK so that's what's going on in Asia, but there's golf happening in Europe too, in Spain to be exact at awesome Finca Cortesin near Marbella. And the shining star there today was Anthony Kim who came out on top the first day of the Volvo World Matchplay.

Minus his glitzy belt, the young man recently called "the loosest cannon on the PGA Tour" by fellow golfer Robert Allenby presumably hasn't yet discovered Marbella's Golden Mile.

Or if he has, he really is immune to the effects of excessive partying. He defeated Retief Goosen then Paul Casey to win both of his matches today. At the same time Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey and Martin Kaymer are no longer even in contention. Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood were each thrashed in their matches... by Angel Cabrera and Jeev Milkha Singh respectively.

So... IP in Asia and AK in Europe are the stars to watch tomorrow... and possibly throughout the weekend. And I can think of worse things than that.