Putting frustration left Englishman, Ian Poulter, with disappointing finish in RBC Heritage, yesterday.
Poulter was just three shots off the lead going into the final day of the tournament, but it wasn’t to be as the $145,000 prize fund slipped out of reach as a result of a poor day on the greens.
All seemed great for the Englishman, beginning the day with a birdie however he began to drop shots at the third, seventh and eighth hole deterring his score to a 38. It was a top 10 finish in sight at this point for Poulter, however, this proved unachievable.
With inconsistency in the final 9, Poulter was left in tie for 11th place on eight under – five strokes behind the champion, Wesley Bryan.
Running into this week see’s Poulter’s last chance to earn his privileges for the 2017 season, as $30,000 worth of winnings will be needed in Valero Texas Open to make this happen. This comes as a result of his four month absence due to a foot injury.
“I’m a little hot under the collar right now,” he said via Sky Sports.
“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.
“I could have got it done today, and I should have got it done”, said a frustrated Poulter in response to Nick Dougherty at Sky.
Although Poulter’s putting form was far from satisfactory at the RBC Heritage, it should still be remembered of the Talisman’s putting heroics on the European stage in the previous Ryder Cup occasions. An inevitable game changing putt has been seen from Poulter in the past.
For this tournament however, its a disappointment for the Englishman.
“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,” said Poulter to finish.