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The Herald - Sport - - UPDATE -

Poul­ter’s dash across the world to play in the Hong Kong Open has turned out to be un­nec­es­sary as he has made it into the WGC-HSBC Cham­pi­ons event af­ter all.

The English­man dropped out of the world’s top 50 on Oc­to­ber 19, mak­ing him in­el­i­gi­ble for the Shang­hai tour­na­ment and leav­ing him short of the 13 events re­quired for Euro­pean Tour mem­ber­ship next year. With a po­ten­tial place in Europe’s Ry­der Cup team at risk, Poul­ter made a fran­tic jour­ney from Or­lando to Hong Kong, with US PGA cham­pion Rich Beem agree­ing to give up his tour­na­ment in­vite.

But Brandt Snedeker’s with­drawal means Poul­ter has been added to the Shang­hai field. The 39-year-old was ini­tially sixth re­serve but the first four were drafted in to com­plete the 78-man field and Tyrrell Hat­ton re­placed in­jured Ge­orge Coet­zee.

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