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Ian Poulter

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

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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. Nov 7 - 6:13 AM

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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.
Nov 2 - 10:55 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.
Sep 29 - 9:24 AM

David Horsey travels to Close House GC in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England to contest this week's British Masters.

It's a short trip for the northern-based Englishman, who finished T12 in last year's edition at The Grove. Horsey sits 56th on the Race to Dubai ahead of his home event so needs to keep coining in the cash to maintain his top 60 spot and qualify for the season-sending DP World Tour Championship. Horsey is a two-time runner-up in 2017, the most recent coming in last month's Made In Denmark. He's since added T30 at the European Masters and T38 at the KLM Open, those finishes compromised by poor starts (73 and 76 respectively). There are perhaps more obvious home names to focus on this week but Horsey is playing well enough to get in the mix and he's four-time winner at this level.
Sep 26 - 7:20 AM

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

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