A resur­gent Ian Poul­ter

Golf World (UK) - - WISH LIST FOR 2018 -

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?

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