Ian Poulter faces a nervous wait over the weekend to see if he did sufficient with final Sunday’s exceptional end in Texas to qualify for the US Open. But the Englishman is able to play in Monday’s 36-hole qualifying shootout if there may be any doubt in anyway.
Poulter, 45, birdied the final two holes at Colonial to return in a tie for third at the Charles Schwab Challenge. There each featured him holing 30-footers, however he knew precisely what was required.
“I need to be in the top 60 in the world rankings in Monday’s cut-off point and realised that I had to make threes on the 17th and 18th to have any chance,” Poulter informed Telegraph Sport. “You could say I was fired up, yes.
“Those birdies helped me rise to 56th in the world, but although the stats guys say it is ‘highly likely’ that I’ll still be in the top 60 after this week’s events on the PGA and European Tours, it’s not guaranteed.
“A few guys could easily go past me in rankings, as they are all playing this week at the Memorial. It’s also complicated by the fact that the Porsche Open will now finish on Monday (after Germany altered its coronavirus regulation) and somebody in Hamburg could knock me out at the 11th hour.
“It’s a nightmare really, but it looks as if I’ll have to go up to Hilton Head on Sunday for Monday qualifying. I’m playing in the Palmetto Championship next week and that is near Hilton Head. It might prove that I play in qualifying and then find it was unnecessary, but there’s not much I can do about it. I want to be at Torrey Pines for the US Open in a fortnight’s time.”
Poulter makes no secret of his desire to be in Padraig Harrington’s Ryder Cup team at Whistling Straits in September and understandably believes lacking a significant might hurt his candidature. His tremendous show at Colonial was the veteran’s finest consequence in greater than two years and hurtled him up the Ryder Cup standings into seventeenth place.
Yet with solely the highest 9 sure to tee it up in Wisconsin and with the likes of Shane Lowry, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia additionally on the skin, it may very well be a dogfight for Harrington’s three captain’s picks.
Poulter wished to play in the Memorial, the $9.5 million Ohio occasion that concludes on Sunday, however didn’t get in as a result of his PGA Tour standing and wanted an invitation. He didn’t obtain one, however the sponsors did grant an exemption to Harrington.