Poul­ter gets back Tour card

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Bri­tain’s Ian Poul­ter has re­gained his PGA Tour card for the rest of the sea­son, a week af­ter los­ing it.

The Euro­pean Ry­der Cup hero thought he had lost his full play­ing sta­tus af­ter fail­ing to earn enough points in a des­ig­nated num­ber of tour­na­ments this sea­son af­ter re­turn­ing from a foot in­jury that cur­tailed his 2016 cam­paign.

But the Tour re­cal­cu­lated his points tally based on a dif­fer­ent for­mula and con­cluded he had done enough to keep his card through the end of the sea­son.

“It’s ob­vi­ously a big bit of good news,” Poul­ter told re­porters at the Zurich Clas­sic of New Or­leans on Satur­day.

“For the Tour to unan­i­mously de­cide that was the fair thing to do, puts me in a very dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion, be­ing able to play the Play­ers (Cham­pi­onship) and all the re­main­ing events I would like to play.”

English­man Poul­ter, 41, is best known for his stel­lar Ry­der Cup per­for­mances, play­ing on the win­ning Euro­pean team in four of five ap­pear­ances in the event and rack­ing up an im­pres­sive in­di­vid­ual record of 12 wins, four losses and two halves.

Amer­i­can Brian Gay un­cov­ered the dis­crep­ancy in points al­lo­ca­tion for play­ers com­ing back off med­i­cal ex­emp­tions and also ben­e­fited by re­tain­ing his own Tour card. Reuters

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