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Ian Poulter

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (41) / 1/10/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 189

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World No. 204 and Orlando resident Ian Poulter is at Bay Hill Club and Lodge for his 12th Arnold Palmer Invitational and cracked the field on a sponsor exemption. UPDATE: Poulter posted rounds of 72-73-71-73, currently T42 (of 72).
Besides being a transplanted local, the API is presented by Mastercard, which the Englishman is a corporate ambassador for, so the sponsor invite is a no-brainer. He's 7-for-11 with five top 25s and one top 10, a solo 3rd in 2012, where he was T3 thru 54 holes (71-69-68) and closed in 2-over 74. More recently, the 41-year-old was T21 in both 2013 and 2015, T20 in 2014, and T46 last year (72-70-72-71). Playing this season on a Major Medical Extension, he checks in with four starts remaining to earn $177,729 (or 131.425 FedExCup points) to fully meet the terms, though he's already secured at least conditional status for the remainder of the season. Overall, Poulter is 4-for-6 with one top 25 (T17, CIMB Classic) and has made five consecutive cuts on TOUR, seven worldwide. Mar 15 - 2:41 PM

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Ian Poulter twirled a bogey-free, 4-under-par 31-35=66 during the opening round of The Honda Classic, placing him two strokes off the early pacesetters Cody Gribble and Wesley Bryan.

The Englishman opened on the 10th tee and scribbled 11 straight pars to kick things off. From there, he stiffed his 265-yard approach to 5'10" to set up a stress-free eagle at the par-5 third hole. Poulter found some momentum from that hole, splashing home birdie putts from 22'1" and 16'1" at the following two holes. The Englishman arrived with a 5-for-5 record at this event including a T3 in 2015. He's off to the races again this week.
Feb 23 - 6:00 PM

A flawless lap of 5-under-par 34-33-67 saw Ian Poulter slide into contention at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic; his 54-hole total of 11-under 205 saw him set the clubhouse lead with playing partner Prom Meesawat, although it will almost certainly be bettered with Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson clear of them on the live leaderboard.

The Englishman is clearly relishing the week, joking on Twitter with his fellow players who were moaning about the lob-sided draw and enjoying shoring up a solid yet also stodgy record at the Emirates GC. Six previous visits here had all reaped four round efforts yet T34 is his best effort - he seems bound to improve on that this year. There was just the one birdie on the front nine, at the 2nd, but he opened the back nine in style with a birdie-4 at 10, then he closed like a train with red at 15, 17 and 18. He has played those closing four holes in 3-under every single round thus far this week. He closed it out with a lay up on the 18th hole before firing his short iron to 15'0" and draining the putt. Poulter is T3, three behind the leader Garcia, on the live leaderboard, but birdie opportunities remain for the Spaniard, with his ball on the green of the short par-4 17th hole in one.
Feb 4 - 9:11 AM

Nine years after his last appearance in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic Ian Poulter equalled his low round at the Emirates GC, carding a Thursday 5-under-par 33-34=67, good for T4, two behind the leader Sergio Garcia.

The Englishman was last seen on the Majlis course back in 2008, when, for the sixth time in six starts, he played all four rounds, but it remains the case that his best finish was just T34 in 2004. The early omens are good this year, as his 67 sits alongside his second round effort in 2006 as his best lap of the course (by numbers at least). Starting on the back nine he made an early birdie at the 10th before giving the shot back at the 12th, but it was to be his only dropped shot of the day and the red numbers came in a rush straight afterwards: at 13, 15, 16 and 18. The front nine was more sedate, with eight straight pars before he clipped a birdie-3 at the 9th. On Friday he will, like the rest of the field, be tested by the high wind. At the weekend his key test will be breaking 70 - he's not done it once in 12 attempts.
Feb 2 - 8:40 AM

Ian Poulter hasn't played the Omega Dubai Desert Classic since 2008 but is back to try his luck this year.

Poulter is 6-for-6 at Emirates GC although he's failed to make the top 30. That's been due to poor weekends; he's never broken 70 in 12 laps of the par 72 and his average final-round score is 74.33. His absence is partly due to scheduling conflicts although his lack of success at the course is likely to have played a part too. The Englishman opened his 2017 season with T39 in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago but will want to hit more greens after only finishing 53rd in GIR. Poulter does have some good form in the region having ended runner-up in the 2013 DP World Tour Championship.
Jan 31 - 2:19 PM

Ian Poulter travels to the Middle East this week to tee it up in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates GC for the first time in nine years.

Eight events into his comeback from a five month injury lay off and the jury is still out on Poulter's form. He thrashed a 64 first time out on the Asian Tour's Macau Open before drifting to T28 and then ended the CIMB Classi in T17, but he's not made a top 20 since and was last seen marking T39 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The chances of him turning a corner this week can't be too high. He's 6-for-6 on the Majlis course, but has never finished better than T34 in 2004 and this is his forst visit since 2008. Moreover he has never gone sub-70 at the weekend and averages 73.58 in rounds three and four.
Jan 30 - 11:56 AM

After his injury-hit 2016, Ian Poulter will hope to come out fast and make a title challenge at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

A foot injury kept him out from May to October and that meant he missed the Ryder Cup; without him, Europe fell to a heavy defeat. From Twitter, it appears Poulter arrived in Abu Dhabi last Sunday and is returning to one of the putters he wielded with such distinction at previous Ryder Cups. He owns an impressive record at Abu Dhabi GC and has three top 10s and a T14 from just five appearances. The highlight was his second place in 2010 when shooting 20-under and finishing just one back from winner Martin Kaymer. Since returning to action, the Englishman has looked understandably rusty and ended 2016 with form figures of MC-36-21-61. It may be a little too early to invest in Poulter but his strong course form makes it tempting.
Jan 18 - 7:31 AM

Ian Poulter will make his course and tournament debut in the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort this week.

Landmark birthdays can prompt a good year for a golfer, but Poulter's 40th in January has had no chance to gift him, as injury has wrecked his year. He stumbled through the early months of 2016 before accepting the inevitable and although he shot 64 on his return (in the Macau Open) it has since not worked out too well, although three sub-70 rounds in the RSM Classic last time out will help the confidence. He'll be keen to return down under given that he won the JBWere Masters at Huntingdale in 2011 and was runner-up 12 months later – his last two visits to Australia. You can also never discount Poulter at this time of the year. He's played just about everywhere in the world in November/December and something suits him. 39 of his 50 starts in the month have been top 30 finishes, 25 of them top ten, six of them wins. He's not a golfer who cruises through the close season.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 05:44:00 AM

Playing this season on a Major Medical Extension, Ian Poulter makes the OHL Classic at Mayakoba his third event of 2016-17 and will be making his tournament debut. UPDATE: Poulter missed the cut by one with 1-under 72-69=141.

The 40-year-old began with 10 starts to earn 218.420 FedExCup points or $347,634 to meet the terms of his medical. Through two events so far this season, he's posted a T17 at the no-cut CIMB Classic (71-69-69-67) and a missed cut (by three) two weeks ago at the Sanderson Farms (70-75). The Englishman was limited to 13 starts last season, missing four starts with a foot injury, making nine cuts with just one top-25 finish, a T3 at the opposite-field Puerto Rico Open.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 04:41:00 PM

Ian Poulter closed out his week at the CIMB Classic with a 5-under-par 34-33=67 to finish inside the top 20 with a tally of 12-under 276.

Making his first PGA TOUR start in 20 weeks, Poulter wiped off the cobwebs and saved the best for last after rounds of 71, 69 and 69 to open the week. Today, the Englishman split 12 (of 14) fairways en route to 15 greens in regulation. He converted on six birdies on the round, reaching 21 total for the week. Gamers should make a note of this week's result because it's a promising sign for the health of this recent Ryder Cup vice-captain.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 01:26:00 AM

Playing in his first competitive round since May, Ian Poulter returned to action with a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-31=64 to co-lead the Venetian Macao Open after day one.

The Englishman landed 16 greens in regulation while missing just three (of 13) fairways on the day. It was a superb return from the foot injury that held him out of action for 19 weeks. Playing this week at Macau Golf and Country Club in Southern China will help him acclimate to the timezone ahead of next week's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Today's round was a promising sign for Poulter but part of overcoming the "rust factor" is the ability to piece together solid rounds over four consecutive days, so gamers should keep a close eye on the Englishman as the week progresses.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 10:43:00 AM

The 2016 Ryder Cup is off the table as Ian Poulter announced he will be out golf for the next four months with a foot injury.

The Englishman withdrew from this week's Memorial, and now we know why. Doug Ferguson reported that "Poulter has been dealing with an arthritic joint in his right foot that has become so bad he now finds it painful to walk and practice." If you do the math then four months would sit squarely around the start of the Ryder Cup, September 30th. However, (despite his stellar RC track record) it's highly unlikely that Poulter would receive a captain's pick, anyway, given his current form and injury status. We should still expect Poulter to be involved with the European team in some regard, but not actually on the course playing.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 08:51:00 AM

Prior to the start of the event, Ian Poulter has backed out of this week's Memorial, he will be replaced in the field by Jason Gore.

There was no injury cited from Poulter, but he was prepping for his fifth straight week of play. Over that stretch his best finish was a T57 at THE PLAYERS. His lone top 40 of the season came at the Puerto Rico Open against a watered-down field. Being a Ryder Cup year, the Englishman is trying to find anything to build on. Unfortunately, his form continues to simmer as he searches for a spark. Replacing him in the field is Jason Gore, who owns a 1-for-4 record at Muirfield Village Golf Club, a T15 back in 2007.
Mon, May 30, 2016 08:53:00 PM

Ian Poulter signed for a bogey-free, 36-34=70 in the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship, currently four strokes off the early pace set by Anirban Lahiri.

The Englishman kicked off his week on the back nine with four straight putts made from outside five feet. Two of those putts went for birdies, and two for par. Moderate length par-savers was the theme of the day, as he added four more par-saving putts from outside five feet before his round was over. With the field averaging right around 50 percent of fairways hit, Poulter got a nice leg up on the competition by splitting nine (of 14) fairways in his opening round. The Englishman is making his first start at Quail Hollow since a T5 in 2009, but he's jumping right back into the mix.
Thu, May 5, 2016 01:24:00 PM

Ian Poulter returns to a comfortable venue with a 3-under-par 34-35=69 at Augusta National Golf Club to open his week at the 80th Masters.

The Englishman split 10 (of 14) fairways today and threw in his fair share of great approach shots to provide some easy birdie opportunities. That included his 184-yard approach shot on the par-4 fifth hole that landed inside five feet for his first birdie of the day. His most notable putts were both from 22 feet, occurring at the par-5 eight for birdie and then to save par at the par-3 12th hole. Despite his form entering Augusta National, he always seems to find a way to contend, posting 10 finishes inside the top 35 (11 starts).
Thu, Apr 7, 2016 06:24:00 PM