Miami - From thinking he had lost his PGA Tour playing card to
finishing in a tie for second at The Players Championship in the space of a few
weeks, Ian Poulter has conceded that one’s fortunes in golf can change at the
drop of a hat.
Less than a month ago Poulter thought he had lost his card
on the PGA Tour after failing to earn enough points in a certain number of
events this season having recovered from a foot injury that badly affected his
However, after fellow pro Brian Gay discovered an error in
the points allocation for players coming back from medical exemptions, the PGA
recalculated his points tally and Poulter’s full-time playing status was
extended until the end of the year.
The European Ryder Cup stalwart jumped at the opportunity to
compete in golf’s unofficial fifth major at TPC Sawgrass last week and wound up
in a tie for second, three shots behind winner Kim Si-woo.
“It's been a roller coaster ride,” said the two-time PGA
“When I look back and I reflect on this week, it's been a
"Two, three weeks ago to have been in a position where
I wasn't playing The Players and was looking to write nice letters to Jack
(Nicklaus) for Memorial (tournament) and all of those great tournaments that
I'd like to play in, things change pretty quick with good golf, and that's what
I've done this week.”
The strong showing at TPC Sawgrass will go a long way to
ensuring that Poulter holds onto his PGA playing card for 2018.