Poulter Qualifies For Open Championship at Royal Birkdale

It has been a rough last few years for English golfer Ian Poulter, who has dealt with injury issues and has seen his golf game sharply decline from where it once was. For at least the second time this year, however, Poulter is looking like a winner.

Poulter, 41, shot 70-68 at an Open Championship sectional qualifier, which was good enough to earn a spot at Royal Birkdale later this month.

While he has never won the Open (or any major), Poulter does have three tops 10s, including a runner-up finish in 2008 at Royal Birkdale, and a T3 in 2013 at Muirfield. This will be his 16th start in the oldest major championship.


  • Home Cooking: Poulter was 6-under over his two rounds of qualifying at Woburn, which happens to be his home course. That particular qualifier awarded three spots for the Open, with Poulter tying Toby Tree for second. They finished two strokes behind India’s Shiv Kapur.
  • First 2017 Major: Poulter did not qualify for either of the first two majors of the year. He attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open via the FedEx St. Jude Classic, but a T31 finish was not enough.
  • Solid Comeback Season: On the PGA Tour, Poulter has made 10 cuts in 14 events, with one top ten: a T2 at THE PLAYERS Championship. He has earned over four times as much money in 2017 than he did in 2016, where he played just one event fewer.
  • Gay Assist: Poulter, a 16-time winner as a professional, believed he had lost his Tour card earlier this year when he failed to make enough money on his major medical exemption. He ended up keeping his card after fellow Tour pro Brian Gay noticed an error in his and Poulter’s major medical criteria.

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Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.

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