A resurgent Ian Poulter
For a while there last year, injuries and age looked to be shuffling Ian Poulter quietly off the game’s main stage. The foot injury that had kept him out of the 2016 Ryder Cup curtailed his involvement last year to the point that by the Valero Texas Open last April, he’d lost his PGA Tour card until the eagle-eyed intervention of Brian Gay’s wife secured him another chance on a technicality.
Reprieved, Ian Poulter did what Ian Poulter does, reminding the world he wasn’t even close to being done. First, he secured his highest finish in three years with a T2 at the Players, then he began a steady climb up the rankings with a T14 at the Open, a T22 at the USPGA and two top-20 finishes in the final three events of the season. Right now, IJP sits 53rd in the world and rising. A major in the autumn of his career? If Sergio could, why not Poulter? And if nothing else, what price one last glorious hurrah at Le Golf National next September? Every single American aside, who wouldn’t get excited about that?