Great news for his fans, tough to stomach for his legion of detractors: Ian Poulter is keeping his PGA Tour card.
How is this possible? Didn’t we just watch Poults come up short of the requisite earnings figure when he missed the cut at the Valero Texas Open?
Apparently not. Poulter, if you’ll recall, took a major medical exemption last season while dealing with a foot injury. The Tour has recalibrated the FedEx Cup points structure for players taking this particular variety of exemption.
In other words, it seemed the PGA Tour had set an earnings bar Ian Poulter had failed to clear. However, the recalibrated bar is lower, and Poults managed to hurdle that one handily in his tartan trousers.
“Obviously it’s quite a relief to know that I can play my schedule and plan my schedule for the rest of 2017. I’ve got work to do to maintain my status for a regular season, but I’m in a very different situation today than what I was… being in kind of no-man’s land, not knowing whether you’re going to play golf, is very tough and very hard to book anything.”
Confused? We all are. It seems while we were focusing on money-list figures, the Tour was recalibrating the FedEx Cup points distribution to determine the top 125 golfers (the only priority category Poulter was eligible for).
“The spirit of the medical extension has always been to provide the same opportunity a player would have had if he had not been injured to retain his card,” the Tour said in a statement, “and in this case the bar was moved significantly.”
Poulter made just 13 starts last season. He had 10 events to earn 218 FedEx Cup points or $347,634. He was $30,000 short, after missing the cut last week at the Valero Texas Open.
And in classic Poulter fashion, he expressed his relief towards spending less time battling trolls on Twitter now.
“But it’s turned out to be good. I can concentrate on the golf I have left in front of me, and hopefully it might quiet down some of the interesting people on social media and I won’t have to block so many different people.”
Love him or hate him, there’s only one Ian Poulter, ladies and gentlemen. And you’ll be seeing a lot more of him on the PGA Tour this season as he battles to keep his card for next season. Poulter is currently ranked 129th in FedEx Cup points.