Ian Poulter is currently ranked 52nd in the FedEx Cup Playoff standings but it is not because he’s played poorly this year. Granted, his best finish came at the U.S. Open, where he finished tied for third and he missed the cut at both The Masters and the PLAYERS Championship, but he does have seven top 25 results in just 15 events.
The reason he is only ranked 52nd in the standings is the fact that he only took part in 15 events, so he didn’t give himself as many opportunities to gain points as his competition. In fact, he has played the fewest events of any golfer currently ranked outside the top 30 in the standings. In my mind, that makes him a sneaky pick to advance to the TOUR Championship – something he has yet to do in his career.
Having put himself in a bit of a precarious situation by not taking part in many events on the PGA Tour this year, Poulter has put himself in a position that requires him to turn in a strong performance if he is to have any chance of advancing past this week. He certainly has the game to do just that, however. If he had a few more starts under his belt, Poults would likely be inside of the top 30 to begin this week.
The fact that he has begun to round into form with a tie for ninth at the Deutsche Bank Championship should have his confidence right where it needs. We will just have to wait and see if he is able to continue the momentum and turn his game up a notch. Otherwise, he’s headed to yet another early vacation.