Ian Poulter needed to earn just over 30 grand at the Valero Texas Open to keep his PGA Tour card. Instead, the 41-year-old played his two rounds in two over par and found himself two strokes outside the cut line.
But the Englishman has vowed to “come back stronger than ever.” He only narrowly found himself in this spot in the first place. Poulter was well positioned for a strong finish at the RBC Heritage last week, beginning the final round just three strokes off the pace. He stumbled to a final-round 73, however, and ended up finishing tied for 11th.
Predictably, Poulter took to Twitter to offer his thoughts, saying:
“You don’t get to number five in the world and help lift a few Ryder Cups and disappear…You come back stronger and more determined than ever.”
It doesn’t sound like the 13-time European Tour winner is poised to ply his trade solely on that circuit, however. Poulter, who lives in Florida, indicated he’ll use sponsor’s invites and try to capitalize, as well as past champion status, at a couple of tournaments. And Poulter doesn’t feel his game is that far off.
“I actually thought I played pretty good today. I three-putted from seven feet on the front nine which was very disappointing, but I gave myself a lot chances. I’ve just got to work on some things and I know there is work to be done.”
Poulter added the he’s most frustrated by the week-to-week life of a player trying to secure status, rather than a card holder, who can pick and choose the events he plays.
“The most frustrating thing is that I can’t plan a schedule. So, I have to be ready to go any given Monday for an event. Obviously, I will try to qualify for the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, but it’s just very, very frustrating.”
27th in the world as of the RBC Heritage in 2015, Poulter slipped to 190th in the Official World Golf Ranking as his form declined in recent seasons. Last year, he had to shut it down following the Dean & Deluca Invitational due to a foot issue. He simply hasn’t played well enough since his return to secure status on pro golf’s elite circuit.