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.