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Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (39) / 1/10/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 189
College: England

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Ian Poulter enjoyed another good day at the Earth course as a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-33=66 in round one of the DP World Tour Championship put him in a tie for the lead.
The Englishman is a two-time runner-up (2010 and 2013) at this venue and has never finished worse than T26 in the European Tour's closing event. He made his way to the head of the leaderboard via birdies at 3, 4 and 6 on his front nine and at 10, 14 and 15 on the back. His 15-foot putt at 18 to take sole possession of the lead just missed on the left but it was still an excellent start for Poulter, who looked as if he was coming back to his best when T11 in last week's BMW Masters. The Ryder Cup star, who occupies top spot with Marcus Fraser, Andy Sullivan and Martin Kaymer, said later, "There's a lot at stake. it would be nice to finish strong." He hit 17 greens in regulation today after splitting 12 (of 14) fairways. Nov 19 - 4:55 AM

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With five birdies on his back nine, Ian Poulter painted a 4-under-par 36-32=68 in round two of the BMW Masters in China and moved up five spots to T4.

That's three swings behind leader Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark at the midpoint. After a birdie at No. 2, Poulter's round hit a bump with bogeys at 6 and 8 sending him back into the pack. But he responded in familiar fashion with a barrage of six birdies in the next eight holes, including four straight from the 13th. With one bogey in there too, he arrived at 8-under 136 and will now play in the penultimate group on Saturday with Ryder Cup colleague Sergio Garcia. For the second day running, the Englishman split 11 (of 14) fairways while he found 15 greens in regulation.
Nov 13 - 3:43 AM

Ian Poulter posted a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the second round of the UBS Hong Kong Open and is within two shots of Justin Rose's halfway lead.

Poulter, who only got into the tournament after Rich Beem agreed to hand him his sponsor's invite, is certainly making the most of his opportunity. Today, he got to work early with birdies at 12, 14, 17 and 18 before dropping a shot at No. 1. The Englishman responded with gains at 3 and 4 and was briefly tied for the lead before swallowing a bogey at 9. A closing par at 10 put Poulter in third place in the clubhouse on 7-under 133. Poulter loves to create headlines so the late dash to the Far East to ensure that he plays the minimum number of 13 events to retain his European Tour Membership has the makings of a great story and he knows it. Expect a big challenge on the weekend.
Oct 23 - 4:14 AM

Ian Poulter will play in this week's Hong Kong Open at Fanling after Rich Beem unselfishly agreed to give up his spot.

Poulter found himself in a hole at the start of the week. By dropping out of the world's top 50 in the updated rankings (he slipped from 46th to 51st), it meant he became ineligible for the upcoming World Golf Championship event in Shanghai. The knock-on effect was that he would not have been able to play the minimum number of 13 events on the 2015 Race to Dubai to retain his European Tour Membership for next season. With entries closed, the Englishman's only route was via a tournament invite which had all been handed out but Beem, more of a recreational golfer these days, saved Poulter's bacon by stepping aside and handing him his place. Beem will instead focus on his flourishing commentary career but should reasonably expect to be wined and dined by Poulter as the week goes on. There could also be champagne coming Beem's way if Europe's Ryder Cup star performs as he does usually in Hong Kong. Poulter won the tournament in 2010 and made the top five either side.
Oct 20 - 6:38 PM

Ian Poulter will play the role of tournament host when the British Masters returns to his home course at Woburn this week.

Poulter has a long association with the famous venue which will be staging the event for the 17th time. It last visited there in 2002 when Poulter put his local knowledge to good use by finishing runner-up on the Marquess course (also being used this year) to fellow Englishman Justin Rose. He also took second place in this event at the Forest of Arden the following year and again at The Belfry in 2007, the year before it fell off the European Tour schedule. Speaking ahead of the tournament's return after a seven-year absence, Poulter told "Woburn is a great venue. Everyone will love the course -- the staff do a super job, and it’s always in great condition. I remember following Seve round the course in 1991, and managing to get his golf ball." The 12-time European Tour winner's last start was T53 at the BMW Championship in Chicago
Oct 6 - 7:20 AM

Ian Poulter preps for Conway Farms Golf Club at this week's BMW Championship.

The Englishman has posted nine top 25s on the season and looks for a 10th this week in Lake Forest, Illinois. Since the Playoffs started in 2007 he is 4-for-5 in converting BMW starts into top 20s. Poulter currently ranks 66th in the FedExCup race and will need a big effort to advance.
Sep 16 - 8:42 PM

Ian Poulter painted a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-34=67 in today's opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and sits two strokes off the clubhouse lead.

The Brit arrived at 69th in the FedExCup standings in just 17 starts this season. If he advances all the way to East Lake, he'll touch 20 for just the second time in his career (2005). With more rounds like today's, he'll achieve it. He went 4-for-4 in scrambling and picked off four birdies. His longest birdie disappeared for birdie from 11'7" at the par-5 seventh hole, but he also corralled a pair of par saves stretching 11'6" and 11'11" at Nos. 3 and 12, respectively. He missed his last two cuts before making the trip to TPC Boston.
Sep 4 - 5:59 PM

Ian Poulter enters the Deutsche Bank Championship precariously perched at 69th in the FedExCup standings with just the top 70 in FEC points advancing to the BMW Championship on September 17-20.

Poulter has played in all eight DB Championships as part of the Playoffs with a bit of success of late. In his first six attempts he missed four cuts and cashed a T45/2010 and a T47/2012. The Englishman has posted back-to-back top 25s however, including T9/2013 and a T23 last year. In total, he has 11 sub-par loops on 24 career rounds at the par-71 TPC Boston. Poulter's spring was pretty good with two top-six finishes at The Honda Classic and the Masters, his summer was marginal, and his late-summer has been awful. Since posting a T4 at the ISPS HANDA Global Cup (JGTO), the 39-year-old has missed four cuts over his last five starts, cashing a T17 at the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone.
Aug 31 - 11:28 PM

With a walk-off bogey, Ian Poulter completed a 5-under-par 32-33=65 in his third round at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

That's lifted the Englishman into a tie for the clubhouse lead on 5-under 205 with Steven Bowditch and puts him in a tie for fifth spot in real time. Poulter responded from his disappointing Friday 72 with a lap of Firestone containing seven birdies and two bogeys. He set the tone with three straight par breakers out of the gate and added another at the sixth although gave that shot back at the next hole. The Ryder Cup star circled further par breakers at 10 and 14 against a bogey at 14 and rolled in an 11 footer on 18 to beat his best round at Firestone by two shots. Poulter is very much back in the ball game here and won't be afraid to follow it with another low one tomorrow.
Aug 8 - 4:35 PM

Ian Poulter pinned up a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in today's opening round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, finishing three strokes off the overnight lead.

Poulter is making his 13th start at Firestone, but he's still in search of his first top 10. In fact, today's aggregate is his lowest at Firestone since he opened a T15 in 2009 with 67. He went 4-for-12 in scoring chances today with four birdies. The set featured three from outside 11 feet, including gems of 27'10" and 19'6" at Nos. 11 and 9, respectively. Poulter also poured in a par save from 23'7" at the par-4 sixth. He completed the day ranked fourth in the field in strokes gained: putting at 2.823.
Aug 6 - 7:08 PM

Ian Poulter was one of 30 golfers to qualify for the PGA Championship by virtue of a special money list on the PGA TOUR through the Quicken Loans National.

The Brit would have gained entry via the Official World Golf Ranking anyway, but he landed 59th on the special money list from which the top 70 earned exemptions into the season's final major. The others (in order of earnings): Sergio Garcia (13th); Hideki Matsuyama; Kevin Kisner; Gary Woodland; Paul Casey; Russell Henley; Kevin Na; Matt Kuchar; Cameron Tringale; Marc Leishman; Jason Bohn; John Senden; Geoff Ogilvy; Morgan Hoffmann; Brendon Todd; Nick Watney; Justin Thomas; Russell Knox; Daniel Berger; David Hearn; Shawn Stefani; Tony Finau; Matt Jones; Boo Weekley; Kevin Streelman; Harris English; Brendon de Jonge; Brian Harman; Chesson Hadley (70th). Those outside the top 70 will complete the field of 156 at Whistling Straits and serve as the alternate list.
Aug 3 - 1:50 AM

Ian Poulter has finished second and third in his 14 previous starts at The Open and will bid to take the final step at St. Andrews this week.

Poulter holed a 20-foot putt on the final green at Royal Birkdale in 2008 to post the clubhouse lead before being caught by Padraig Harrington while he was T3 at Muirfield two years ago. He made his Open debut at St. Andrews in 2000 and finished T64 and was only T60 in 2010 but he did post T11 in the 2005 edition. Poulter recorded his best finish of T6 in this year's Masters but a back injury hampered his prep for the U.S. Open where he could only manage T54 and he missed the cut in last week's Scottish Open. The Ryder Cup star has a 14:01 tee time with Masters winners Charl Schwartzel and Bubba Watson on Thursday.
Jul 14 - 8:20 AM

Ian Poulter painted a 1-under-par 36-33=69 on day three of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and is now 4-over 214 after 54 holes.

The Englishman tweeted that he wanted to make a run up the leaderboard over the final two rounds and today's lap has so far elevated him to T26. That's five behind clubhouse leader Louis Oosthuizen and 10 behind on-course leader Jordan Spieth. Poulter mixed two birdies, a bogey and a double bogey-6 on an outward 36 and then gave up the idea of par golf altogether on the back nine. His final seven holes features birdies at 12, 15, 16 and 18 along with bogeys at 13 and 17. Despite being shown laughing at one putt veering off line, Poulter had a good day on the greens, averaging just 1.61 putts per GIR compared to the field average of 1.83.
Jun 20 - 7:20 PM

Ian Poulter shot 2-over-par 36-36=72 in today's opening round of the U.S. Open.

Well, while he panned Chambers Bay a few weeks ago, he's inside the cut line after 18 holes. Poulter opened with a double bogey-6 at the first hole, and then exchanged three birdies with three bogeys the rest of the way. He hit 11 greens in regulation and finished seven shots back of the overnight co-leaders.
Jun 18 - 11:28 PM

Ian Poulter will tee off alongside American duo Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker in round one of the 115th U.S. Open on Thursday.

The afternoon tee-time of 2:39 p.m. PDT will give the Englishman the chance to see the early play and perhaps reassess his early opinion, based on the early visits of others, that the course would turn the event into "a complete farce". With a day to go, Poulter has yet to update that opinion via social media so he remains a risk for gamers. On the plus side, he's 8-for-11 in U.S. Opens and has cracked the top 25 in the last two. The Englishman also boasts a strong record on links courses and was T5 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational on his last start.
Jun 17 - 8:54 AM