POULTER LOSES US TOUR STATUS

English pro golfer Ian James Poulter has lost his tour card after failing to get the required results at the Texas Open.

He said he was not going away but would rather continue to compete in US tournaments on sponsor invitations. The dismissed the loss as “over-dramatized,” adding that he would feature in European Tour events as well.

Poulter is set to team up with Australian Geoff Ogilvy in the new 80 two-man team at the Zurich Classic next week. The 41-year old would play in the PGA Tour in New Orleans.

“I think it [losing his Tour status] has been slightly over-dramatized. Yeah, I would love to have finished it off and got it done this week but that hasn’t happened. It doesn’t mean you’re never going to see me again. It means I’ve got some work to do and I need to go away and do some work,” he said after failing to better the 36th spot position in Texas.

Poulter was among the top five golfers in 2010 but he currently ranks 190th. A foot injury stopped him from competing from mid last year. He needed 218 FedExCup points of almost USD350,000 to retain his full playing rights. His result of two over 146 was not enough to keep him.

The former champ said it was the nature of the game to have ups and downs. Poulter has two World Championship titles in his belt. In total he has won 12 times on the European Tour. His run in the Ryder Cup stands out. He featured in four out of five matches, winning 12 times, losing four and scoring two halves.