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Ian Poulter angered by a bad day with the putter at RBC Heritage

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Ian Poulter angered by a bad day with the putter at RBC Heritage

By Keith Jackson
Last Updated: 17/04/17 7:51am

Ian Poulter expresses his disappointment after failing to secure his PGA Tour card for the rest of the season at the RBC Heritage

Ian Poulter admitted he was “hot under the collar” after enduring a tough time with the putter on the final day of the RBC Heritage.
Poulter was just three shots off the lead overnight and had high hopes of earning the $145,000 he needed to secure his PGA Tour card for the remainder of the season, and he got off to the ideal start with a birdie at the opening hole.

Ian Poulter insisted he played well enough from tee to green to win the RBC Heritage

But he was continuously frustrated by the Harbour Town greens in a closing 73 in which he three-putted twice and failed to convert a number of birdie chances, particularly on the par-fives.

The Englishman dropped shots at the third, seventh and eighth to turn in 38, and also bogeyed the 14th before a welcome birdie at the next revived his hopes of at least a top-10 finish.

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But Poulter had to scramble a par at 16 before shaving the hole with a good birdie opportunity from inside 10 feet at the 17th, and a par at the last left him in a tie for 11th on eight under – five strokes adrift of champion Wesley Bryan.
This week’s Valero Texas Open is Poulter’s last event of his major medical extension having been sidelined for four months last year with a foot problem, and he will need to earn just over $30,000 to earn his playing privileges for the rest of the 2017 campaign.

Poulter was angered by his final-day putting as he closed with a 73

“I’m a little hot under the collar right now,” he told Nick Dougherty at the Sky Cart. “I’m not disappointed I didn’t get the job done today in terms of finishing where I need to finish, but that could have been a victory and I let it slip.
“Three putts from 25 feet is unacceptable, and another three-putt on the seventh. I had chances on the two par-fives from eight feet and didn’t convert those. So that’s four shots, all of a sudden that’s 12 under par. And then there’s the putts in the closing stretch.

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“I could have got it done today and I should have got it done. Three-putting is unacceptable, especially from the distances I was. I pride myself on being a good putter, but the flat stick didn’t do what it needed to do.
“I didn’t close out any of the putts that I expected to close out, and I subsequently ended up shooting 73,” added Poulter, who saw enough positives in his tee-to-green game to give him encouragement heading to TPC San Antonio.
“I feel comfortable with my game of golf,” he said. “That’s just really disappointing that I actually played well enough to win the golf tournament today. I just didn’t do it with the flat stick, and I missed putt after putt after putt.
“I need to continue to work harder on the putting, less on the rest of the game of golf. If I do that obviously I’m going to win tournaments, but today was not good enough with the flat stick.”

Ian Poulter admitted he was “hot under the collar” after enduring a tough time with the putter on the final day of the RBC Heritage.

Source: http://www.skysports.com/golf/news/12232/10840365/ian-poulter-angered-by-a-bad-day-with-the-putter-at-rbc-heritage

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