It’s a Race – says Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter’s entry into the automatic USPGA Championship may not be possible still there is a silver lining as he still has one tournament to qualify for this season’s European team.

Poulter finished tied at 59th at the Valhalla, still it will not change his number 12 ranking and will not have any effect on his schedule even if he does not manage enough points in the upcoming week’s first FedEx Cup event. Poulter has promised fans that he shall play his level best the following week to automatically secure a place in the Euro tour team. The year 2012 was eventful as he was named one of the heroes at the ‘Miracles of Medinah’.

The Italian Open that will finish on August 31 will help decide the European captain Paul McGinley his three wildcard entries into the Ryder Cup which takes place at Gleneagles from the 26 – 28 September. McDowell and Westwood are two of the most deserving contenders for the wildcard entry into the tournament.

Ian James Poulter, 38, is an English born professional golfer and member of both the PGA and the European Tour. However, Poulter’s chances of qualifying depend as much on him as others, the qualifying battle was the least affected by the USPGA. With an amazing finish at 24th, Jamie Donaldson moved up from ninth to eight, while Graeme McDowell fell down a rank from eight to ninth after finishing 47th. Poulter will have company from Luke Donald who is less than two points behind McDowell and will attend the Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club from 21-24 August to gain enough world ranking points. 11th ranking Stephen Gallacher, from Scotland will attend the Wyndham Championship along with the Masters and Italian Open to qualify for the Ryder Cup.
“This means I will have to give my 200 percent,” said Poulter.