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Ian Poulter

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (42) / 1/10/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 189

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Overnight leader and World No. 31 Ian Poulter stalled out to a 4-over-par 35-40=75 in the final round of the RBC Heritage, dropping six spots to T7 on 9-under 275, three swings shy of a two-man playoff involving Satoshi Kodaira and playing competitor Si Woo Kim, who shot 71.
The Englishman drops to 1-for-4 when leading co-leading after 54 holes. He was chasing his fourth TOUR title in 243 events, second in his last three starts after a playoff win in Houston (as 54-hole co-leader). The 42-year-old, who was playing for a sixth straight week, settles for a fourth top 25 of the season in 10 starts and third top 10. After kicking off with 69-64-67, he began with a one-shot lead over Kim and Luke List, six clear of Kodaira. The Orlando resident hit eight (of 14) fairways and conjured 10 greens in regulation, losing 0.780 strokes on approach and 1.416 tee-to-green. He opened with bogey-5 at hole 3, his first blemish in 47 holes, but went out in 1-under with birdies at 5 and 9, both from inside of four feet, now one back of Kim. Poulter came home in birdie-less 5-over, squaring 10, 13 (3-putt), 14 (tee ball in water), 16 and 17. He improves to 8-for-8 at the RBC and records his first top 10 (T11/2017). Apr 15 - 2:52 PM

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World No. 31 Ian Poulter tossed up a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the RBC Heritage to reach 13-under 200, up one spot on the day and good for the 54-hole lead by one over Luke List and Si Woo Kim, who he'll be grouped with in the final threesome on Sunday.

After opening with 69-64, the 42-year-old began T2, one back of leader Bryson DeChambeau. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.024 strokes off-the-tee and 2.234 around-the-green. The Orlando resident circled four birdies at holes 5, 6, 12 and 13, two from between seven and 15 feet, posting 1.667 putts per GIR and 0.390 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. He's going for his second win in his last three starts, joining a P1 in Houston as 54-hole co-leader, and his fourth in 243 events. The Englishman is 1-for-3 converting from the three-quarter perch and is bogey-free for his last 45 holes.
Apr 14 - 6:00 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 31 Ian Poulter painted a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-31=64 in the second round of the RBC Heritage to post 9-under 133, up 19 places to T1, tying the low round of the week and sharing the clubhouse lead with Si Woo Kim. UPDATE: With play completed in R2, Poulter is T2, one back of leader Bryson DeChambeau, and will play out of the penultimate twosome in R3 for a second year in a row.

Poulter's 64 matches a season low, shot in R2 at the Houston Open two starts ago, and rode that to his third TOUR title, first in 5 years, 5 months. It's his best at Harbour Town GL in 30 laps, previously 66 two times, and just one off a career low. This is the 42-year-old's eighth RBC with two prior top 25s, including a T11 last year (66-68-69-73). He opened with a four-birdie, two-bogey 69 and ripped off seven circles in R2 on eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, The Orlando resident gained 2.895 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.721 on-the-green with 24 total putts. He followed the playoff win in Houston with a T44 at the Masters.
Apr 13 - 12:39 PM

Overnight co-leader and World No. 51 Ian Poulter hung up a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Houston Open to match playing competitor Beau Hossler on 19-under 269, and then defeated him with par on the first hole of sudden death, the par-4 18th, earning his third PGA TOUR title in 241 events and his 13th Masters appearance. UPDATE: Poulter jumps 22 spots to 29th in OWGR and 89 places to 20th in the FedExCup standings. He's now 1-for-3 when leading/co-leading after 54 holes.

The 42-year-old, a pre-tourney 66/1 outright, drained a 19'6" birdie on the 72nd hole to force extra time and then prevailed with a two-putt par, claiming victory for the first time since a come-from-behind win at the 2012 WGC-HSBC 92 starts ago. With the win, the Englishman, who missed out on a Masters invite by 0.0302 (average) world-ranking points after last week's T5 in Austin, earns the invite this week. It'll be his first trip to Augusta since a T49 in 2016. After opening in 73-64-65, the Orlando resident co-led with Hossler. He hit 12 (of 14) fairways and pelted 17 greens in regulation, gaining 3.525 strokes approaching-the-green. Poulter squared a lone bogey-4 at hole 9 (3-putt from 84'5"), camouflaged by six birdies at 2, 4, 6, 8, 11 and 18. He posted 1.765 putts per GIR and -0.300 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts. This was Poulter's first playoff win in his first sudden-death appearance.
Apr 1 - 6:49 PM

World No. 51 Ian Poulter continued his onslaught in Humble, Texas, firing a day-tying-low, bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-33=65 in the third round of the Houston Open, up 22 spots to the top of the leaderboard on 14-under 202 and assuming the 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Poulter co-leads with 36-hole leader Beau Hossler. He's chasing his third PGA TOUR title in 241 events, first since the 2012 WGC-HSBC 92 starts ago (come from behind). This is his third career 54-hole lead/co-lead (2016 Puerto Rico Open; 2015 Honda) and is 0-for-2 converting.

The 42-year-old, making his first appearance since a missed cut in 2014 (70-77), missed out on a Masters invite by 0.0301 (average) world-ranking points last week in Austin. His quarterfinals loss at the Match Play (to Kevin Kisner 8-and-6) resulted in a T5 and added the Houston Open as a result. It was the Englishman's first top 10 of the season in seven starts and bumped him 13 spots in the OWGR. After kicking off this week in 73 and a week-tying-low 64, also bogey-free, he's 18 holes away from victory and earning his 13th Masters, first since a T49 in 2016. The Orlando resident hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, gaining 3.776 strokes approaching-the-green. He carded seven birdies at holes 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 16 and 17, three from between 10 and 14 feet, recording 1.625 putts per GIR and 2.864 SG: Putting with 28 total putts.
Mar 31 - 4:36 PM

Ian Poulter caught fire in round two of the Houston Open, coasting to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-32=64 to vault 109 spots on the live leaderboard, currently T14 on 7-under 137.

The Englishman talked about fatigue after last week's WGC-Match Play and it showed on day one. He returned this morning to finish his 1-over 73 but the second round was a completely different story. Poulter opened on the back nine and sprinkled four ho-hum birdies before making the turn. At that point, the magic started as he converted four times from outside 19 feet on his way into the clubhouse. Two of those came from off the green, including a 44'9" hole out for birdie at the par-4 fifth. This matches Paul Dunne's R1 64 for low round of the week so far. In fact, he's the only golfer to post anything better than 67 in R2 so far. After being falsely notified of his entry into the Masters last week, Poulter is fighting for a spot in next week's field. To qualify he will need to win this week at the Golf Club of Houston.
Mar 30 - 3:06 PM

Ian Poulter was unstoppable in his Round of 16 match with Louis Oosthuizen at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas, splashing eight birdies and not a single bogey in a 2-and-1 victory over Louis Oosthuizen. UPDATE: Poulter lost 8-and-6 to Kevin Kisner in the quarters and exits with a 4-1-0 record and a T5, his 11th top 10 in 45 WGCs and first top 10 of the season in seven starts.

It's a familiar script. Poulter is a beast at match play and, adding to the well-documented Ryder Cup heroics, is a win at this tournament at Dove Mountain, Arizona in 2010. This could have been a real hammering today but Oosthuizen played some excellent golf himself to stay alive and take the match to Austin Country Club's 17th green. Poulter put on an exhibition with eight birdies in the first 13 holes to surge into a 4-up lead but his South African opponent didn't go down without a fight, extending the match with a winning birdie at 14, a half at 15 after holing from just inside 10 feet and another par breaker from 15 feet at 16. But Oosthuizen couldn't pull a rabbit from the hat at 17, allowing Poulter, now 4-0-0 this week, to claim his 27th winning match in this event. Only Tiger Woods (33) has more. Next up for the Englishman is a last-eight tie with either Matt Kuchar or Kevin Kisner.
Mar 24 - 1:30 PM

Ian Poulter eased into the knockout stages of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club when his Friday opponent Kevin Chappell conceded the match on the sixth green.

An unusual conclusion to the match and group, but Poulter revealed Chappell had been receiving attention from the physio, later confirmed by the PGA Tour's Ben Everill as a back complaint. In the few holes they had completed Chappell had actually won the first thanks to Poulter's bogey-5 but thereafter it was one way traffic. Poulter only needed pars at the second and third to go 1-up, drained from 14'10" for winning birdie to make it 2-up and on the fifth Chappell got lost in the trees. His drive went 311 yards into trouble, his second shot 10 feet, his third six feet and then he conceded the hole. Ten minutes later he went one further and passed on the match. Poulter, the 2010 winner, progresses with a 3-0-0 record to play the winner of Group 8 Louis Oosthuizen.
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Mar 23 - 5:27 PM

Ian Poulter knocked off Daniel Berger 2-and-1 during round two of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, reaching 2-0-0 on the week to give himself a good chance to advance out of Group 9.

The Englishman got a little fortunate on Wednesday, going up against top-seeded Tommy Fleetwood on a day where he didn't have his best stuff. Today, Poulter went straight to work and earned this victory, winning three of the first four holes to put the pressure on Berger who arrived with an 0-1 record on the week. By day's end, Poulter had circled seven birdies over 17 holes, six more than he posted in his R1 win. With Poulter now sitting at 2-0-0 he controls his own destiny. Poulter would need at least a half point tomorrow to lock up his spot in the Round of 16. Even with a loss to Kevin Chappell, Poulter would still have a chance to advance via playoff (with Chappell and potentially Fleetwood, as well).
Mar 22 - 3:22 PM

Match Play ninja Ian Poulter defeated the top seed out of Group 9, Tommy Fleetwood, winning the Wednesday match 3-and-2, moving one step closer to advancing onto the Round of 16.

The Englishman entered with one of the strongest match play resumes and he added to that record today. This started as a pillow fight with just one total birdie converted between the duo before the turn (Fleetwood at the par-5 sixth). Poulter circled his first (and only) birdie at the par-5 12th to give him a 2-up lead. That tells you what kind of round this was for Fleetwood today. Before the week Fleetwood said "he was described as a match play ninja, and I've never really gone up against a ninja before in my life, so it will be a new experience." Poulter may not have needed his best stuff today but he used his ninja powers to improve his record to 25-13-0 at this event. Next up for Poulter will be matchups against Daniel Berger and Kevin Chappell over the next two days.
Mar 21 - 4:34 PM

Ian Poulter has made his name in one-on-one combat and he's played his way into the field at this week's WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club after a two-year absence from the event.

The Englishman has dominated highlight reels of past Ryder Cups, playing a massive role in Europe's astonishing come-from-behind win at Medinah in 2012. It's no surprise, also, that his only solo victory on American soil came in this event in 2010 when it was the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, played in Arizona. He's also been a semi-finalist in 2005 and 2013. Due to a slide down the world rankings, Poulter hasn't teed it up at Austin CC which became the new venue in 2015 but he's performed his eyes-bulging match play act at a variety of courses and this short track in Texas should suit him. Any rival will be wary of Poulter, ranked 58th, and the three he has up against him in Group 9 are compatriot Tommy Fleetwood (9), Daniel Berger (26) and Kevin Chappell (33). Despite the quality of opponent, many brackets will have Poulter scribbled in as the man to advance.
Mar 20 - 7:58 AM

Ian Poulter heads to The Honda Classic in Florida this week looking to make his fourth cut in four PGA Tour events so far this season.

Poulter topped out with a 15th-place finish at The CJ Cup in South Korea, and he was in contention for a Top 20 before tumbling down the scoreboard with a final-round 75 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open a couple of weeks ago. He is a solid, yet unspectacular DFS option these days. He doesn't mash off the tee, he has been a below-average scrambler and his putting has gone south, as he ranks 151st on the PGA Tour in putts per round (29.58). Yet, here he is, still making cuts. If he could display some level of consistency in one facet of his game, he'd be a dangerous low-cost DFS option.
Feb 21 - 5:34 AM

Ian Poulter returns to South Africa for the first time since 2004 in this week's Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.

For what it's worth the Englishman has never missed a cut in South Africa, but obviously that record hasn't been tested in 13 years! He said last week in Turkey that he'd give his right arm to play in next year's Ryder Cup so we can assume there will be a concerted effort from him over the next few months to find a win, something he hasn't done now for nearly six years (the 2012 WGC HSBC Champions). He was T20 last week in Turkey, which included an appalling stroke of luck when a good shot ricocheted into a lake off the pin. His lack of histrionics suggests he is mentally in a decent place and he hasn't missed a cut since the Texas Open in late April.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 06:13:00 AM

Tournament specialist Ian Poulter crafted a bogey-free 5-under-par 31-35=66 in his opening round of the Turkish Airlines Open and is T6 on the leaderboard, just two shots behind pacesetters Nicolas Colsaerts, Joost Luiten and Haydn Porteous.

Poulter has form of 5-2-16 in his three starts in the event although all those finishes came at the Montgomerie Maxx. That included opening rounds of 66 in 2013 and 64 in 2014. He's a R1 leaderboard presence again on his first start at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort after another fine starting lap. It began with an opening birdie and he kept the birdies coming at regular intervals with further gains at 5, 9, 13 and 18. The World No. 54 is 69th on the Race to Dubai so needs to crack the top 60 to make it to the season-closing DP World Tour Championship.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 10:55:00 AM

Fuelled by a run of four straight birdies, Ian Poulter authored a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in round two of the British Masters, advancing 11 spots up the live leaderboard to T2.

Poulter's 36-hole total of 9-under 131 at Close House places him three shots behind fellow Englishman Tyrrell Hatton while he shares second spot with three others including tournament host and Ryder Cup teammate Lee Westwood. The 12-time European Tour winner loves playing in front of his home fans and showed that again today with a round featuring six birdies, a bogey and 11 pars. He did the bulk of his scoring early with a run of four straight birdies at 12, 13, 14 and 15 having started the day from 10th tee. In poor weather, Poulter kept it steady with a run of eight pars from No. 16 through to 5 before going birdie-bogey-birdie from the 6th. A par at his closing hole left him in good position for the weekend.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 09:24:00 AM