Ian Poulter has pulled out of the $5 million Singapore Open due to the theft of a very special driver.
It's the Cobra Driver he used in this year's Ryder Cup at Valhalla, and someone apparently grabbed it from that pink Poulter bag in Shanghai over the weekend.
It seems images of the driver thief were caught on a surveillance camera and posted around the Sheshan Golf Club where the incident occurred. A reward was even offered for it's safe return. But to no avail. The robber went unrecognized, and with a bundle of world ranking points on the line, the colorful Englishman... currently ranked 25th... felt it best to withdraw. A replacement would not have been available in time.
Naturally IP was devastated or, as he told reporters, "really gutted", but one man's loss is another's fortune; India’s awesome Anirban Lahiri will take Poulter's place at the event, which happens to be the richest national open on the Asian Tour.
My fave Spanish blogger just posted a video he took of IP a couple of weeks ago practicing with the now missing driver.