It was not a positive experience for Ian Poulter during the RBC Heritage event at Harbour Town held on Sunday where he threw away a chance to take home his first PGA Tour victory since 2012.
However, this was not the worst of it for the Poulter.
Poulter so far has been playing on a medical exemption after he suffered from a foot injury which saw him spend a large chunk of the 2016 season out on the sidelines and off the course.
Golfchannel.comsays to keep his Tour eligibility for the remaining part of the season, Poulter would really need to make $30,624 at the Valero Texas Open. Without this, the Englishman will struggle to get into any Tour events without exemptions from sponsors.
The Ryder Cup Star would have had nothing to worry about if he had finished at least one stroke better on Sunday. This would have ensured he met the earnings goal needed for him to retain his card.
However, after leading the tournament through 45 holes, Poulter shot a two over 72. The Valero Texas Open this week will see him make the 10th and final start of his medical exemption.
Speaking to the Golf Channel, he said: “I’m a little hot under the collar right now. I’m not disappointed I didn’t get the job done today in terms of finishing where I needed to finish, but that today could have been a victory and I let it slip.”
Where Poulter falters and misses out on a top 30 finish, he will have to become reliant on invitation from sponsors in order to participate or compete in any PGA Tour events for the remainder period of the season. He has two wins to his name on the PGA Tour.