Was this a swan song from Ian Poulter’s Masters? It won’t be a bad way to end after another round under par

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Was this Ian Poulter’s Augusta swan song? Won’t be a bad way to leave the podium after another round under par at the Masters – but he had worse problems and came back

  • Ian Poulter’s last round failed to deliver on the promise of the first nine holes
  • He must be back in the top 50 by the end of the season to return to Augusta
  • Poulter, 45, has the appetite and the game and has had worse problems before

If it turns out to be Ian Poulter’s last round at the Masters, it wasn’t a bad way to leave the podium. Another round below par, if not one that fully fulfilled the promise he had shown in his first nine holes.

Three down on the turn, after an outer half filled with dexterity and deceit, eight pars came home to go next to his only bogey on the par three 12th.

It was at the hole known as the Golden Bell that Poulter’s best and perhaps last chance to claim the green jacket came and went in 2019.

It won't be a bad way to leave if this turns out to be Ian Poulter's final round at the Masters

It won’t be a bad way to leave if this turns out to be Ian Poulter’s final round at the Masters

Tied fifth at the start of the final round, he was right in the mix on the back nine on Sunday when those devilish breezes that made the shortest hole on the course as one of the deadliest took his tee shot and the one in Rae’s. Creek.

In the home of Poulter’s Florida, the Masters mementos of every edition he has played take a proud and prominent place.

At seventeen, with a disability of five, he was arguably the only person on Earth who ever thought he would ever make it to Augusta.

It was another round under par, but didn't quite live up to the promise of the first nine holes

It was another round under par, but didn't quite live up to the promise of the first nine holes

It was another round under par, but didn’t quite live up to the promise of the first nine holes

This was his 16th appearance, and he finished in the top 35 in 13 of them, missing the halfway point only once.

This round of 70 – his 62nd total and his 25th under par – was good enough to push him a few places on the leaderboard, but not good enough to get the top 12 that would get him another invite next year. have guaranteed.

Outside of the current top 60 in the world, he should be back in the top 50 by the end of the season for another Augusta waltz in April. There are even more options for him.

Poulter (above) has the appetite and the game and has been in worse cases and has fought back

Poulter (above) has the appetite and the game and has been in worse cases and has fought back

Poulter (above) has the appetite and the game and has been in worse cases and has fought back

Poulter has the appetite and the game and has been in worse cases and has fought back. But he is now 45 and at that age there are clearly no certainties.

The next step for Poulter is to build on this solid performance and a similar performance at the WGC-Match Play two weeks ago; to enjoy a summer good enough to convince the Ryder Cup captain that he’s worth another shot at another rodeo he’s quite fond of.

Then he’ll think about Georgia again.

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