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Ian Poulter

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

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Making his tournament debut, World No. 71 Ian Poulter painted a bogey-free 8-under-par 31-33=64 in the final round of the RBC Canadian Open to post 20-under 268, up 14 spots on the live leaderboard to solo 2nd, good for the low round of the day and the 72-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Poulter finished solo 3rd, one shy of a two-man playoff involving 54-hole leader Charley Hoffman and defending and now back-to-back champ Jhonattan Vegas.
This was a season-best lap for Poulter in his 52nd round, previously 66 (x2), most recently at the RBC Heritage/R1. Chasing his third TOUR title in 229 career events, first since the 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions 80 starts ago, he settles for a 14th career top-3 finish. It's his second top 10 of the season in 16 starts (T2, PLAYERS) and fifth top 25. After kicking off in 67-69-68, the 41-year-old began T16, five shy of Hoffman. Playing out of the eighth-to-last twosome, he found six (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 1.738 strokes approaching-the-green. The Englishman carded seven conventional birdies at Nos. 2, 5, 9, 12 (from 47'9"), 14, 15 and 18, adding a 29-footer from the fringe at the par-3 seventh. He recorded a stellar 1.533 putts per GIR and 3.529 SG: Putting, taking just 25 total putts. Poulter was No. 1 in par-4 scoring (cumulative: 3.75) Jul 30 - 5:16 PM

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Ian Poulter's hopes of a charge on Moving Day failed to materialize as he had to settle for a 1-over-par 34-37=71 in round three of The 146th Open, ending Saturday at 2-under 208 and nine behind three-shot leader Jordan Spieth.

The home hero and 2008 runner-up at Royal Birkdale had got himself in position with rounds of 67 and 70 but on a day when Branden Grace shot the lowest score in major championship history, Poulter just couldn't cash in. A bogey-5 at the opening hole got him off on the wrong foot although birdies at 5, 9 and 10 against another dropped shot at 8 suggested he was up for the fight again. But after hitting 4-under, the Englishman swallowed bogeys at 11, 12 and 13 to slide back fast and he was only able to retrieve some of the damage with birdie at 15. He holed a brave 15 footer for par at the last but that was his 31st swish with the flatstick and atypical of his day on the greens. Poulter piped nine (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation. Ending the day T11, he'll hope tomorrow to at least secure his third top 10 in the last five Opens. The Claret Jug looks a long way away now though with Spieth in this mood.
Jul 22 - 3:07 PM

Ian Poulter pieced together an even-par 34-36=70 during round two of The 146th Open, keeping his name inside the top 10, arriving at the weekend on 3-under 137.

Playing through tough conditions today, Poulter found just five (of 14) fairways on his way to 11 greens in regulation. It was all about scrambling today as he plodded his way around Royal Birkdale, just trying to survive the bad weather day. His lone birdie of the day provided one of the biggest roars of the day when he drained a putt from 20 feet at the par-3 12th. His bogey-free streak ended at 26 holes after swallowing his medicine at the par-4 16th. With calmer conditions forecasted over the final two rounds, Poulter will need to turn on the scoring machine from here on out. The Englishman is still searching for his first major title, with his closest call come at this very event (and venue) back in 2008.
Jul 21 - 1:44 PM

World No. 78 Ian Poulter paraded through Royal Birkdale during round one of The 146th Open, walking off with a 3-under-par 32-35=67 to his credit, grabbing the early spot inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard.

The Englishman split nine (of 14) fairways en route to 10 greens in regulation. It was his brilliant short game that glued this round together. That short game helped keep the round stress-free and is the main reason he needed just 25 putts to make his way around Royal Birkdale. Poulter traded four birdies with just one bogey before his day was done. This goes in the books as the Englishman's best opening round in a major, previously posting a 4-under 68 in R1 of the 2010 Masters (T10) and 3-under 68 in R1 of the 2014 PGA Championship (T58). Playing in tougher conditions back in 2008, Poulter opened with a 2-over 72 to sit T15 after day one, grinding his way to a runner-up finish by week's end. Playing in those brutal 2008 conditions may help him tomorrow as the weather forecast looks quite dreadful.
Jul 20 - 8:11 AM

Ian Poulter battled to a 1-under-par 34-37=71 in round three of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, moving into a tie for the lead on 9-under 207 alongside Andrew Dodt and Callum Shinkwin with 18 holes to play.

With strong winds blowing putts offline and rain making life even more uncomfortable, Poulter dug deep to break par at Dundondald Links. While his son Luke joined in with the on-course commentary for Sky TV, Poulter grinded out three birdies against two bogeys in his afternoon lap. Starting the day one back, the Englishman made the ideal start with birdie-3 at the 1st hole before giving it back with a 6 at the 5th hole (he would play the four par 5s today in a combined 1-over). That was a temporary blip and some more fine approach play led to back-to-back birdies at 7 and 8 and put the Ryder Cup star double digits under par. Despite the bad weather, he had further opportunities on the second nine but made six pars up to the 15th where he swallowed bogey. Two closing pars were enough to give him a piece of the 54-hole lead alongside Shinkwin and Dodt.
Jul 15 - 11:18 AM

Ian Poulter crafted a 3-under-par 34-35=69 to hit the halfway mark of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on 8-under 136, just one behind the leaders and alone in fourth on the live leaderboard.

The Englishman has taken to the Dundonald Links in Troon, Ayrshire and the tournament is becoming excellent prep for his Open Championship tilt next week. But before then he also has the opportunity to go for the win and although he didn’t sparkle on Friday, there was plenty of good golf. He opened with a bogey-5 at No. 1 but then added three circled numbers to the turn (at 3, 7 and 9). Blue numbers at 12 and 14 sandwiched a red at 13 before he closed out with back-to-back birdies at 16 and 17. He failed to make any headway on the par-5 last when joining Padraig Harrington, Callum Shinkwin and Alexander Knappe in the lead looked a possibility.
Jul 14 - 1:23 PM

Ian Poulter painted a 5-under-par 35-32=67 in his opening round at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links, good enough for a share of the clubhouse lead with compatriot Callum Shinkwin.

Poulter is honing his game for next week's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale where he finished runner-up to Padraig Harrington in 2008 so will be delighted with today's 18 holes on the Ayrshire coast. Starting at No. 10, the Englishman signed for three pars and then took flight with a birdie-eagle run at 13 and 14 to jump to 3-under. Frustratingly, he gave two of those shots back with successive bogeys at 15 and 16 but a hot second nine thrust him to the top of the leaderboard. Poulter got back on the birdie trail with a circle at 2 and then made further gains at 3, 6 and 8 to move up to T1. On the live leaderboard he shares top spot with Shinkwin, Rickie Fowler (17 holes) and Andrew Dodt (15).
Jul 13 - 8:06 AM

World No. 197 Ian Poulter orchestrated a 1-under-par 34-37=71 in the final round of THE PLAYERS to reach 7-under 281, up three spots into a season-best T2, three back of champion Si Woo Kim, who shot 69.

This was the 41-year-old's 14th straight appearance and second top 10, joining solo 2nd in 2009. It's his fifth career runner-up finish in 225 career events and first top 10 of the season in 12 starts, brushing aside a previous-best T11 at the RBC Heritage. After opening in 72-67-71, the Orlando resident began T5 on 6-under, three back of 54-hole co-leaders J.B. Holmes and Kyle Stanley. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting 2.789 SG: Tee-to-Green and -0.183 SG: Putting. The Englishman went out in bogey-free 2-under, circling Nos. 2 and 6, and after birdie-4 at 11, was one back of leader-Kim, who was one group behind. That would be it, squaring bogeys at 12 and 18 the rest of the way, but "saved" a 5 at the par-4 last. At the 18th, Poulter shanked his second into the trees and after a penalty drop, improbably hit his next from 115 yards away (in the pine straw) to 12 inches.
May 14 - 8:03 PM

World No. 197 Ian Poulter authored a bogey-free 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the third round of THE PLAYERS to post 6-under 210, currently T5 on the leaderboard and one back of 54-hole clubhouse leader Si Woo Kim.

The 41-year-old carded 17 pars and one birdie-4 at the second from 25 inches, but it's going to be the only blemish-free lap of the day -- and is bogey-free over his last 28 holes. After opening in 72-67, he began in a five-way T5 on 5-under, four adrift of 36-hole co-leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley. The Orlando resident mustered seven (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, losing 0.746 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 2.028 approaching-the-green. He recorded a commercial 1.917 putts per GIR and 0.113 SG: Putting, missing two legit scoring tries from inside of 10 feet, but knocked in two par-savers from between five and seven feet.
May 13 - 6:49 PM

World No. 197 Ian Poulter styled a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the second round of THE PLAYERS to reach 5-under 139, up 46 places to T5, four shy of 36-hole leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley.

This is the Orlando resident's 14th straight appearance and improves to 11-for-14. He has three previous top 25s and one top 10, a solo 2nd in 2009. The Englishman opened last year's edition in 69-68, but crated to T57 with 79-75. He entered this week 136th in the FedExCup standings, 7-for-11 on the season with two top 25s and a season-best T11 at the RBC Heritage. The 41-year-old kicked off with a three-birdie three-bogey 72 and found 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation in R2, gaining 5.731 strokes tee-to-green though just 0.451 on-the-green. He squared a lone bogey-4 at eight (failed sand save), offset by four birdies at 2, 4, 5, and 7, wrapping his scoring with a chip-in eagle-3 at the 16th from 27'4" away.
May 12 - 8:50 PM

After some deep digging by Brian Gay, the PGA TOUR reviewed the FedExCup point distrubtion and ruled that Ian Poulter and Brian Gay now have fully-exempt status for the remainder of the season.

Poulter shared the press release via Twitter that included, "Brian Gay and Ian Poulter, on Major Medical Extensions who under the old FedExCup points system would have been over the threshold needed to retain fully-exempt status for the rest of the year." That is a brief nugget, but the explanation requires full context which is provided on the Twitter link above. Long story short, the distribution curve for FedExCup events was dramatically changed year-over-year, particularly for finishes in the 30th to 50th range, making it an uphill task for any golfers on a Major Medical this season. Poulter and Gay are now exempt for the season and also exempt into THE PLAYERS in two weeks. In addition to Gay and Poulter, this recalculation will also apply to anyone else currently on a MME.
Apr 30 - 12:19 PM

World No. 210 Ian Poulter handed in a 2-under-par 32-37=69 after the third round of the RBC Heritage for a three-day total of 10-under 203, down two places to solo 5th, three in arrears of 54-hole leader Jason Dufner.

After kicking off in 66-68, the 41-year-old began in a two-way T3, two back of 36-hole co-leaders Graham DeLaet and Luke Donald. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he found seven (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.632 strokes off-the-tee and 0.389 approaching-the-green. The Orlando resident also lost 0.580 strokes on the green, but gained 3.006 around-the-green, the leader in the latter at 4.779. For the first two hours, he was rolling, circling holes 2, 5, 6 and 9 to turn 4-under, but lost the luster with double bogey-6 at 10 after hitting his tee ball into the water (left). Poulter dropped another at 11 (failed scramble) before finishing up with six pars and a birdie-2 at 14, pitching in from 41'4" away.
Apr 15 - 6:26 PM

Beginning on No. 10 tee, World No. 210 Ian Poulter tacked on a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the second round of the RBC Heritage to post 8-under 134, up three spots on the live leaderboard to T2, two shy of 36-hole clubhouse leader Graham DeLaet.

The 41-year-old striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, gaining 4.076 strokes tee-to-green. He squared back-to-back bogeys at 18 and 1, the latter a 3-putt from 21'9", but offset them with birdies at each of the three par 5s and birdie-4s at 16 and 3. The Englishman's split included four from inside of 11 feet, adding a hole-out 4 at the par-5 fifth from 66'4" away that concluded his scoring.
Apr 14 - 12:18 PM

Ian Poulter pieced together a 5-under-par 33-33=66 during the opening round of the RBC Heritage, claiming a spot inside the top 5 after day one.

With just two starts remaining on his Major Medical Extension, Poulter needs a really big finish this week or two strong finishes to fulfill those terms. He's off to a good start despite squaring a bogey on his opening hole and finding just six fairways off the tee. Making his seventh appearance at Harbour Town Golf Links, the Englishman knows it is sometimes more important to position yourself on the right side of a missed fairway rather than hit the fairway on the wrong side. That explains how he was still able to manage 14 greens in regulation en route to a six-pack of birdies. Five of those circles came on putts from outside seven feet, so this was not a stress-free lap by any means.
Apr 13 - 5:08 PM

Running out of starts on his Major Medical Extension, Ian Poulter is searching for a big finish at this week's RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

The Englishman has two starts remaining on his medical exemption, needing $144,669 or 117.745 FedExCup Points to fulfill the terms. His best finish at this event is a T18 back in 2015 which yielded him $69,325 and 49.5 FEC Points. He will need to crack the top 10 this week if he wants a chance to meet the terms of his medical. With conditional status already locked up, it's not the end of the world if Poulter can't pull through, but starts will just be tougher to come by out of that lower category. If you believe in motivational narratives, then Poulter is a good golfer to target this week at Harbour Town GL.
Apr 12 - 4:25 PM