Cape Town - Ian Poulter suffered a double whammy at the Dell
Technologies Match Play this weekend after being misinformed about his Masters
Projections showed Poulter would be around 50th in the world
rankings if he won his fourth-round match in Austin on Saturday, which would be
enough to see him qualify for the first major of the year.
Sure enough, the Englishman held on to defeat Louis
Oosthuizen 2&1 and was then told by reporters he was assured of a place in
the top 50.
Poulter said he asked three or four times if they were sure
and said they told him, "Yeah, you're definitely in."
Except he wasn't.
Turns out Poulter needed to win one more match, and he
received a text message letting him know where he stood.
Having had the rug pulled out from under him, Poulter was
unable to lift himself and beat Kevin Kisner in the quarter-finals.
Poulter's ranking for next week as a result? 51st. That
means no Masters.
"No, I'm not definitely in," he said. "So
next time, I won't listen to other people. I'll do my bit and focus
Poulter said he couldn't blame the misinformation for the
mistakes he made against Kisner, which included two three-putts.
"I mean, I can't put that down as an excuse. It would
be an excuse if I said it," he said. "So it's disappointing to be
given the wrong information, but that wasn't any part of this afternoon."
Poulter will have one more chance to secure his Masters
qualification at this week's Houston Open, although he isn't even sure of he's
going to take it yet.
"I'm tired. It's been a long week," he said.
"It's been a draining week. I don't know. I'll wait until Monday night,
and if I have the energy, then I will."