Poulter's race includes Stenson chase

Ian Poulter during the 2013 Turkish Open.

Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson would be fined on the PGA Tour for what they agreed to on the driving range at Lake Nona.

Maybe that’s the difference between the European Tour and PGA Tour – at least part of what’s different.

Betting is a no-no among players on the PGA Tour, but not only does it seem OK across the pond, it’s been the talk of Turkey this week.

After Stenson finished a TV shoot with Swedish TV at Lake Nona last month, Poulter approached the newly minted FedEx Cup champion and Race to Dubai leader with a bet.

“I told him I’m going to chase him down, because he was so far in front,” Poulter said of his impetus for the bet. “I like to make these silly things.”

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At the time, Stenson had earned 2,118,960 euros. Poulter had earned 973,716 euros and was 15th on the list with only the four Final Series events remaining.

With a deficit of 1,145,244 euros, Poulter knew he needed some odds and proposed a $100 bet with 10-1 odds in his favor, to which Stenson gladly agreed. But the money clearly is secondary, with the second part of the bet being a potential for humiliation.

“I also said, 'Look, if I do manage to catch you and pass you, we will have a nice night out and you have to pour my drinks for the evening,' ” Poulter said with a wry smile. “I think a thousand bucks isn’t an issue to him, but pouring my drinks all night might be a big problem.”

Poulter has climbed to fourth in the Race to Dubai with 1,660,736 points, only 542,524 points off of Stenson’s lead of 2,203,260.

With both players at or near the top this week after two rounds in Turkey, this week could decide the outcome before making the trip to Dubai next week.

“I’m trying my hardest, ”Stenson said when discussing the bet. “I know he’s not going to back down. He’s not that kind of guy.”

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