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Ian Poulter

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

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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

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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

World No. 204 and Orlando resident Ian Poulter is at Bay Hill Club and Lodge for his 12th Arnold Palmer Invitational and cracked the field on a sponsor exemption. UPDATE: Poulter posted rounds of 72-73-71-73, currently T42 (of 72).

Besides being a transplanted local, the API is presented by Mastercard, which the Englishman is a corporate ambassador for, so the sponsor invite is a no-brainer. He's 7-for-11 with five top 25s and one top 10, a solo 3rd in 2012, where he was T3 thru 54 holes (71-69-68) and closed in 2-over 74. More recently, the 41-year-old was T21 in both 2013 and 2015, T20 in 2014, and T46 last year (72-70-72-71). Playing this season on a Major Medical Extension, he checks in with four starts remaining to earn $177,729 (or 131.425 FedExCup points) to fully meet the terms, though he's already secured at least conditional status for the remainder of the season. Overall, Poulter is 4-for-6 with one top 25 (T17, CIMB Classic) and has made five consecutive cuts on TOUR, seven worldwide.
Mar 15 - 2:41 PM

Ian Poulter twirled a bogey-free, 4-under-par 31-35=66 during the opening round of The Honda Classic, placing him two strokes off the early pacesetters Cody Gribble and Wesley Bryan.

The Englishman opened on the 10th tee and scribbled 11 straight pars to kick things off. From there, he stiffed his 265-yard approach to 5'10" to set up a stress-free eagle at the par-5 third hole. Poulter found some momentum from that hole, splashing home birdie putts from 22'1" and 16'1" at the following two holes. The Englishman arrived with a 5-for-5 record at this event including a T3 in 2015. He's off to the races again this week.
Feb 23 - 6:00 PM

A flawless lap of 5-under-par 34-33-67 saw Ian Poulter slide into contention at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic; his 54-hole total of 11-under 205 saw him set the clubhouse lead with playing partner Prom Meesawat, although it will almost certainly be bettered with Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson clear of them on the live leaderboard.

The Englishman is clearly relishing the week, joking on Twitter with his fellow players who were moaning about the lob-sided draw and enjoying shoring up a solid yet also stodgy record at the Emirates GC. Six previous visits here had all reaped four round efforts yet T34 is his best effort - he seems bound to improve on that this year. There was just the one birdie on the front nine, at the 2nd, but he opened the back nine in style with a birdie-4 at 10, then he closed like a train with red at 15, 17 and 18. He has played those closing four holes in 3-under every single round thus far this week. He closed it out with a lay up on the 18th hole before firing his short iron to 15'0" and draining the putt. Poulter is T3, three behind the leader Garcia, on the live leaderboard, but birdie opportunities remain for the Spaniard, with his ball on the green of the short par-4 17th hole in one.
Feb 4 - 9:11 AM

Nine years after his last appearance in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic Ian Poulter equalled his low round at the Emirates GC, carding a Thursday 5-under-par 33-34=67, good for T4, two behind the leader Sergio Garcia.

The Englishman was last seen on the Majlis course back in 2008, when, for the sixth time in six starts, he played all four rounds, but it remains the case that his best finish was just T34 in 2004. The early omens are good this year, as his 67 sits alongside his second round effort in 2006 as his best lap of the course (by numbers at least). Starting on the back nine he made an early birdie at the 10th before giving the shot back at the 12th, but it was to be his only dropped shot of the day and the red numbers came in a rush straight afterwards: at 13, 15, 16 and 18. The front nine was more sedate, with eight straight pars before he clipped a birdie-3 at the 9th. On Friday he will, like the rest of the field, be tested by the high wind. At the weekend his key test will be breaking 70 - he's not done it once in 12 attempts.
Feb 2 - 8:40 AM

Ian Poulter hasn't played the Omega Dubai Desert Classic since 2008 but is back to try his luck this year.

Poulter is 6-for-6 at Emirates GC although he's failed to make the top 30. That's been due to poor weekends; he's never broken 70 in 12 laps of the par 72 and his average final-round score is 74.33. His absence is partly due to scheduling conflicts although his lack of success at the course is likely to have played a part too. The Englishman opened his 2017 season with T39 in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago but will want to hit more greens after only finishing 53rd in GIR. Poulter does have some good form in the region having ended runner-up in the 2013 DP World Tour Championship.
Jan 31 - 2:19 PM

Ian Poulter travels to the Middle East this week to tee it up in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates GC for the first time in nine years.

Eight events into his comeback from a five month injury lay off and the jury is still out on Poulter's form. He thrashed a 64 first time out on the Asian Tour's Macau Open before drifting to T28 and then ended the CIMB Classi in T17, but he's not made a top 20 since and was last seen marking T39 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The chances of him turning a corner this week can't be too high. He's 6-for-6 on the Majlis course, but has never finished better than T34 in 2004 and this is his forst visit since 2008. Moreover he has never gone sub-70 at the weekend and averages 73.58 in rounds three and four.
Jan 30 - 11:56 AM

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