Mar 11th, 2017
Ian Poulter fires 67 in tour card rescue latest
While Adam Hadwin fires 64 to lead by one from Herman
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty
Ian Poulter shot a second round 67 to help his Valspar gravy and potentially increase his chances of keeping his UPSPA Tour Card...
Poults has only been able to play events courtesy of a medical extension after missing four months of last season due to his foot injury. He currently needs to make circa $200,000 and collect 143 FedExCup points in his next five events to keep his card for the rest of the season.
If he doesn't make the grade, it's hasta la vista and possibly back to the European Tour. Which would be great news for the European Tour, but not so much for Poulter who has been based in Lake Nona, Florida for several years now.
Despite bogeying the final hole, Poulter had a very decent day yesterday, carding five birdies and finishing -3 after 36 holes, seven shots behind leader Mr 59 Adam Hadwin.
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Poulter, 41 now (how did that happen?! Ed) needs a top seven finish to put all this to bed.
"It was a very solid round of golf," Poulter told Sarah Stirk at the Sky Cart. "The chances I had, there was probably only one putt there which was an outside, kind of 30–footer. The rest were putts you would expect to convert."
"I missed a little one on the difficult par–three at 13, I hit a lovely shot in there to about four feet. A shame to bogey the last, but it was a good round of golf. It was looking like it was going to be a clean round of golf."
Poults is clearly benefiting from getting to Copperhead a couple of days ahead of schedule. He and Graeme McDowell did a full reccie on Sunday and it looks to have paid off.
"We popped up Sunday,' confirmed Poults. "which was valuable to see the course. The greens are super quick and they are quite firm, especially in the afternoon, if the sun gets through the clouds, it's going to bake the greens in the afternoon.
"They are a much better putting surface this year than they were last year, so they have had a little bit of time to settle in. But it's a tricky course. You know, there's a tough set of par threes, you've got to play them pretty smart. If you put it in play, you will have some chances and you need to be careful around the close where you can make a mistake.
"Going into today, I couldn't make mistakes. I needed to play well; I did that. I'm pretty pleased and I think I'm playing good enough golf at the minute. I'm very comfortable with my game.
"So I need to forget about what's going on behind the scenes. Got to play golf. Because if I can play golf, I can do some good stuff. It is there in the back of the mind. But when you go and play like this, you're not really worried about it, and I shouldn't."