Poulter thriving on memories of Medinah
MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — Ian Poulter walked into the Medinah clubhouse to register for the BMW Championship and immediately felt at home.
On the walls leading to the locker room were photos of...
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Tiger Woods wasn't the only prominent player to miss the cut at the PGA Championship.
Bethpage Black also claimed Sergio Garcia; Steve Stricker, who had not missed a...
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson moves atop the RBC Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Dustin Johnson, known for length off the tee, showed off his precise ball-positioning and hot putter Saturday to take the RBC Heritage lead.
Key hole in the fourth round of the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The key hole in the fourth round of the Masters:
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the third round of the Masters (all times local):
Francesco Molinari was one many players who enjoyed the conditions at Augusta National during...
Zach Johnson’s practice swing doesn’t miss the ball
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — In his 15 years at the Masters, in his two decades as a pro, Zach Johnson had never experienced a shot like this.
He had never hit one that short, either, but at least it...
A glance at the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A glance at the first round of the Masters:
LEADING: Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka, tied at 6-under 66.
JUST BEHIND: Phil Mickelson is one back after a 67,...
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the Masters (all times local):
Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau each shot a 6-under 66 and are tied for the first-round lead at the...
Dustin Johnson wins Mexico Championship for 6th WGC title
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Dustin Johnson struggled early, caught a good break from behind a tree and then breezed to his sixth World Golf Championship title Sunday by closing with a 5-under 66 for a...
Poulter makes up for missing tournament in a big way
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Part of Ian Poulter's punishment for violating a PGA Tour policy is spending two weeks in Hawaii to start the new year.
That would be a most literal interpretation of the penalty.
And it only tells part of the story of how Poulter chose to make up for missing a tournament he was supposed to play.
England, South Korea, Australia tied for lead at World Cup
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — World Cup or Ryder Cup: Put Ian Poulter into a team event and he never seems to disappoint.
Poulter's approach to less than a foot helped set up one of England's six birdies on the back nine Thursday to give him and Tyrrell Hatton a share of the lead with South Korea and Australia after the first round of fourballs at the World Cup of Golf.
Ian Poulter: Pick me Tyrrell, please, for golf’s World Cup
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ian Poulter is an unabashed fan of the sandbelt courses of southeast Melbourne. So it came as no surprise that he gave England's highest-ranked player at the World Cup of Golf, Tyrrell Hatton, a gentle nudge that he'd like to be on the England team.
Koepka keeps alive chance for top spot, leads by 4 in SKorea
JEJU ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — Brooks Koepka has improved his chances of taking over as No. 1 golfer in the world, shooting a bogey-free 5-under 67 Saturday for a four-stroke lead after three rounds of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.
Koepka had a three-round total of 13-under 203. Ian Poulter, who shot 68 Saturday, was tied for second place with second-round leader Scott Piercy, who had a 72.
Chez Reavie takes 1st-round lead at CJ Cup with 4-under 68
JEJU ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — Chez Reavie overcame cool, windy conditions for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Thursday.
In the breezy conditions, the back nine of the course posed the most difficulty, but the 36-year-old American made two birdies and negotiated it in 35 after starting on the 10th tee, and then picked up three shots on his final nine.
McIlroy and Poulter, a one-two punch for Europe at Ryder Cup
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — He'd had a rough morning, the only player to start Day 1 of the Ryder Cup without making birdie.
The afternoon for Rory McIlroy at Le Golf National wasn't proving that much better. He found a bunker on No. 2, missed a sinkable putt on No. 3, then another on No. 11. Had it not been for the steadying dependability of partner Ian Poulter, it seemed McIlroy might melt down altogether.
The Latest: Lefty, big-name Europeans to miss opening salvos
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The Latest on the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National (all times local):
The opening session of the Ryder Cup will be missing some of Europe's biggest names.
"Lefty" is sitting it out, too. This will be the first time since Phil Mickelson's first appearance in 1995 that he won't be on the course at the beginning of Day 1. At 48, he is the oldest member of the American team.
Reed relishes being Captain America _ or Public Enemy No. 1
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Patrick Reed relishes the role of Captain America.
He's just as comfortable being Public Enemy No. 1 at the Ryder Cup.
"I'm supposed to be the villain, just like when Ian Poulter comes to the States, he's the villain," Reed smirked. "You expect to hear the fans kind of go back and forth with you. If it's not happening, it probably means you're not playing very well."
Column: Poulter and his passion back at the Ryder Cup
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The Ryder Cup meant the world to Ian Poulter even when he only had a tent to sleep in.
Poulter was 17 and folding shirts in a shop called Jack O' Legs Golf Center in England when he drove his rust bucket of a car to The Belfry for his first taste of the Ryder Cup in 1993. He found a house a few miles away where the owners let him pitch his tent in the yard for three pounds a night.
Bjorn opts for experience with Ryder Cup wild-card picks
The chance of playing another Ryder Cup kept Ian Poulter motivated through his dark times over the last two years. Paul Casey made major changes to his schedule in order to get another shot at golf's greatest team event.
Throughout his own recent slump, Sergio Garcia was in regular conversation with close friend Thomas Bjorn in an effort to stay in the European captain's thinking.
Olesen, Pepperell, Fitzpatrick fight for Ryder Cup spot
Back at the course where he grew up playing, Thomas Bjorn will get a front-row seat to see a three-way fight for the final qualifying spot in his Ryder Cup team.
The European captain returns to Silkeborg Ry Golf Club this week for the Made In Denmark event, where Thorbjorn Olesen, Eddie Pepperell and Matthew Fitzpatrick will bid to become the eighth automatic member of a team seeking to regain the trophy from the United States in Paris.
Thomas takes over at Firestone as Woods fades away
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy have become friends more by location than youth. They live near each other in South Florida and said they spent last weekend practicing together at The Bear's Club.
Sunday at Firestone will be the eighth time this year they play together in a tournament, and the number grows next week when they play the opening two rounds with Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship.
Thomas, Fleetwood, Poulter share lead at Firestone
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Nobody has a better scoring average Saturday on the PGA Tour than Tiger Woods, and the Bridgestone Invitational would be a good time to keep that up.
Woods might not have a choice.
Neither will Rory McIlroy, Jason Day or anyone else wanting to keep pace.
Poulter leads at 62, with Woods 4 behind at Firestone
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Ian Poulter was annoyed upon realizing he had never finished better than 13th at Firestone, so he took a step toward doing something about it Thursday with an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead in the Bridgestone Invitational.
Tiger Woods found himself fighting his swing. He settled for a 66.
Such was the difference of two players with vastly different memories on the stout South course at Firestone.
Luiten, Porteous and Colsaerts tied for lead in Turkey
ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — Joost Luiten, Haydn Porteous and Nicolas Colsaerts all shot 7-under 64s Thursday to tie for the lead after the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open.
Colsaerts was 8 under through 15 holes, including an eagle on the 12th, but bogeyed the 16th. Porteous brought himself into contention with five birdies on the back nine.
Hatton shoots 65, leads British Masters by 3 after 2nd round
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, England (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton shot a 5-under 65 in miserable conditions in his second round to lead by three strokes at the British Masters, where the leaderboard was dominated by English players on Friday.
Lee Westwood, who is hosting the tournament, and Ian Poulter also shot 65 and were two of four Englishmen in a five-way tie for second behind their compatriot.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Ian Poulter walked up to the 18th green at the British Open and heard rousing applause for another solid round at Royal Birkdale. He stood tall, a pose not seen from him on a big stage since flags were waving at the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles.
And to think just three months ago, Poulter was at a low point in his career.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Ian Poulter spent last year's British Open in a TV commentary booth. It wasn't an experience he particularly enjoyed.
Sidelined by a foot injury, it was hard for a competitive animal like Poulter to sit out his home major and watch others challenge for a title he craves the most.
IRVINE, Scotland (AP) — Ian Poulter controlled his swing, ball, and temperament in what he described as "brutally tough conditions" to move in sight of his first worldwide title in 4 1/2 years at the Scottish Open on Saturday.
In sideways rain and strong winds on Scotland's west coast, clubs slipped from players' hands, hardy fans' umbrellas were blown inside out, and puddles formed on fairways on the battered Dundonald Links.
Poulter makes it back to Royal Birkdale
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Ian Poulter has made it through the final stage of qualifying to earn a spot at Royal Birkdale for the British Open.
Poulter shot rounds of 68-70 at Woburn Golf Club, his home club and one of five regional final qualifying sites in Britain. Three spots were available from each site. Shiv Kapur of India, who played his college golf at Purdue, was the medalist at Woburn with a 65 in the second round Tuesday.
Just like the other three majors, the winner of the FedEx St. Jude Classic could earn a trip to the U.S. Open.
But there's one difference: It can't be just any player.
While the Masters, British Open and PGA Championship take the winner of the PGA Tour event the week before their championship, the U.S. Open provides only last entry for those who can get into the top 60 in the world.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alternates from U.S. Open sectional qualifiers were never more important as they were this year.
The USGA held back six spots from the 10 sectional qualifiers to make sure it could accommodate anyone who got into the top 60 in the world ranking after this week. It was a safe move because the U.S. Open field is capped at 156 players.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Si Woo Kim won The Players Championship and the mystery deepened.
Not because of any number, whether it was his age (21), his world ranking (75) or his position in the FedEx Cup (132) going into the week. Ian Poulter could have won and it would have made just as much sense, which at the TPC Sawgrass means no sense at all.
One of the popular adages in golf is there are horses for courses.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ian Poulter is back among the top 100 in the world. He has gone over $1.25 million for the year. He doesn't have to worry about keeping his PGA Tour card next year.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Si Woo Kim of South Korea became the youngest winner of The Players Championship with a game and nerves well beyond his 21 years.
On a TPC Sawgrass course where anything can go wrong without notice, Kim was the only player to go bogey-free Sunday and closed with a 3-under 69 for a three-shot victory in golf's biggest tournament this side of the majors.
He also managed to take all the suspense from the TPC Sawgrass.
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — For the second time in 18 months, Ian Poulter was spared at the last minute from losing his tour membership.
Both times, it was an American to the rescue.
Go back to late October in 2015 when Poulter was bumped out of the HSBC Champions at the last minute and there were no tournaments left for him to fulfill his minimum requirement to keep European Tour membership, which he needed to be eligible for the Ryder Cup.
Tony Finau, Bud Cauley tied for lead at Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Finau arrived at the 18th tee with a chance at a course record, but his approach splashed in the water and his bogey dropped him into a second-round tie for the lead with Bud Cauley at the Valero Texas Open on Friday.
A birdie at the par-5 final hole would have given Finau a share of the course record, but he settled for a 7-under 65 and is tied with Cauley at 8 under through 36 holes at TPC San Antonio.
DeLaet, Donald share lead after 2 rounds at RBC Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Graham DeLaet always loved playing at Harbour Town Golf Links, but rarely got the results he thought he should — until this week.
DeLaet followed up his career-best 6-under 65 in the first round with a 67 on Friday to share the lead with Luke Donald midway through the RBC Heritage.
Donald also shot 67 to reach 10-under 132, two in front of Ian Poulter and Webb Simpson.