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Ian Poulter has PGA Tour playing card restored after calculation error

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Ian Poulter has PGA Tour playing card restored after calculation error

By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 29/04/17 10:06pm

Ian Poulter explains how he and Brian Gay have had their PGA Tour exemption extended to the rest of the season.

Ian Poulter has had his full PGA Tour playing privileges restored after an oversight in the calculation of FedExCup points he had earned.
Poulter had been playing under a medical exemption for the early part of the 2016-17 season and initially needed $347,634 or 218.42 FedExCup points from 10 events to retain his full card.
The five-time Ryder Cup star appeared to fall short following a missed cut at last week’s Valero Texas Open, but now retains his card for the rest of the season as the targets didn’t take into account changes to the FedExCup points system.

Poulter has been a member on the PGA Tour since 2005

“It’s great news,” Poulter told Sky Sports 4. “Obviously it’s quite a relief to know that I’m able to play my schedule and plan my schedule for the rest of the 2017.
“Obviously I’ve got work to do to maintain my status for a regular season, but I’m in a very different situation today to what I was yesterday morning.”
Brian Gay is the other player to benefit, with both now able to appear in next month’s Players Championship – exclusively live on Sky Sports The Players.

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In a statement, the PGA Tour said: “Last year, the Policy Board approved a modification to the FedExCup Points Curve for the 2016-17 season to more accurately reflect the longstanding money breakdown used on the PGA Tour.
“This was done following the Policy Board’s elimination of the top-125 money category and minimised some significant discrepancies between the two lists, primarily in the region of 30th to 50th places.
“There are two members, Brian Gay and Ian Poulter, on major medical extensions who under the old FedExCup points system would have been over the threshold needed to retain fully-exempt status for the rest of the year, whereas under the new system they just barely fall short.

Poulter is playing alongside Geoff Ogilvy at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans this week.

“Upon further review, this is due to the fact that the new points curve has significantly less points overall in the finishing positions from 15th to 68th.
“Knowing that tournaments and purses change from year to year, it seems that the change to the FedEx Cup points curve unintentionally made it more difficult for these players to retain their exempt status.
“The spirit of the medical extension has always been to provide the same opportunity a player would have had if he had not been injured to retain his card, and in this case the bar was moved significantly.
“The Tour has modified the conditions of the Major Medical Extension category to address this issue.”

Ian Poulter has had his full PGA Tour playing privileges restored after an oversight in the calculation of FedExCup points he had earned.

Source: http://www.skysports.com/golf/news/12232/10857244/ian-poulter-has-pga-tour-playing-card-restored-after-calculation-error

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