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Ian Poulter

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

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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

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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

Overnight leader Ian Poulter sleepwalked to an even-par 36-36=72 in today's final round of the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach for a four-day total of 11-under 277, down two spots on the day and one swing shy of a two-man playoff involving Steve Marino and Tony Finau.

The last time Poulter held a 54-hole lead on TOUR was at the 2015 Honda. He had a three-shot advantage at PGA National but stumbled to a final-round 4-over 74 and settled for a T3. The Englishman, making his tourney debut, entered Sunday's play with a one-shot lead over three competitors, including playing partner and fellow first-timer Tony Finau. He split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation but circled just one birdie at the par-5 fifth for a disappointing 1.923 putts per GIR. The 40-year-old's lone bogey was on the par-4 fourth (failed scramble). His T3 is his first top 10 of the season in his seventh start and first since T5 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational last May.
Sun, Mar 27, 2016 05:27:00 PM

Top-ranked Ian Poulter painted a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in today's third round of the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach to post 11-under 205, good for a one-shot lead over three players.

At No. 67 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Poulter is the highest-ranked player in the field. He's making his tournament debut along with 36 others (132-man field to begin) and he'll be in the final twosome on Sunday with fellow first-timer Tony Finau. The Englishman began his third frame in a seven-way logjam on T3, two adrift of 36-hole leader Rafael Campos, after opening in 71 and bogey-free 66 -- the latter was the low lap in R2. He split nine (of 14) fairways and circled five birdies on 12 greens in regulation for 1.583 putts per GIR. The 40-year-old's lone bogey was a failed scramble at the par-4 13th. This is his first 54-hole lead on TOUR since the 2015 Honda where he shot a final-round 4-over 74 and settled for T3.
Sat, Mar 26, 2016 06:26:00 PM

Top-ranked Ian Poulter smoothed a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-33=66 on day two of the Puerto Rico Open to reach the halfway mark on 7-under 137, up 49 places on the live leaderboard to T2, and good for the low round of the day thus far. UPDATE: With play completed, Poulter's 66 was the low lap in round two.

The 40-year-old is making his tourney debut and at No. 67 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is the highest-ranked player in the 132-man field. He opened with a three-birdie two-bogey 71 and chased with today's six-birdie effort on 16 greens in regulation, posting 1.688 putts per GIR and a total of 28 putts. The longtime Orlando resident birdied his first three holes on Friday and his final three, with 12 pars in-between. He commented on that afterward, "...Testing the patience, but to close with three birdies moved me up the leaderboard and in a nice place going into the weekend." Poulter has no top 25s on the season in six starts with a best of T30 at the no-cut WGC-HSBC back in November.
Fri, Mar 25, 2016 12:58:00 PM

Ian Poulter finished inside the top 25 at the 2015 Valspar Championship and returns this week for another crack at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club's Copperhead Course.

The Englishman is 6-for-6 on the European Tour since the FedExCup Playoffs came to an end. That includes a trio of top 20s, but that hasn't translated to the PGA TOUR. Poulter is just 2-for-4 to kick off the new season with his best finish coming overseas in the form of a T30 at the WGC-HSBC Champions. The layout of the Copperhead Course allows for plodders like Poulter to make up ground with their approach and short games, meaning this could be the spot where Poulter grabs his first top 25 of the 2015-16 season.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 08:34:00 AM

Ian Poulter defeated Danny Chia 4&3 in the final day singles as he notched a 100% record at the 2016 EurAsia Cup.

Leading from the front in the final day singles Poulter made something of a sedate start with four pars, all of them matched by his opponent, Malaysia'a Chia. But when Poulter hit the accelerator pedal, breaking par 7 times in the next 11 holes, he crushed Chia's hopes and completed a 4&3 victory. Allied to his 4&3 win in the fourballs and 3&2 point-sealer in the foursomes Poulter has answered anyone who wondered about the Englishman's continuing desire. If he requires a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup come September, Darren Clarke will have this performance, and the leadership qualities he displayed throughout the week, in the memory bank.
Sun, Jan 17, 2016 03:47:00 AM

European captain Darren Clarke wasted no time putting match play wizard Ian Poulter into play, pairing him with Bernard Wiesberger in the first tie of the EurAsia Cup and the strategy worked to perfection.

The English-Austrian combo had a scrap on their hands through the front nine with opponents Anirban Lahiri (India) and Jeunghun Wang (Korea) halving every hole bar the par-5 sixth which the big-hitting Wiesberger birdied to grant the visitors a narrow advantage. But turning for home Europe took control with a mini-blitz on their opponents. Wiesberger made birdie-3 on 10 before Poulter showed his class with an eagle-3 on 11 and a birdie-2 on 12. With the next three holes halved Europe took the point 4&3 and Poulter added to his match play mythology.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 03:33:00 AM