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