In a shocking episode at the Valero Texas Open, Ian Poulter has been eliminated after missing the cut, and has lost his PGA Tour playing card as a result.
The five-time Ryder Cup player, 41, had been playing with a medical exemption throughout, and limped to a three-over 75 in the opening round on the first day.
He needed a good result on the second to stand any chance of making it into the weekend, but his one-under 71 wasn't enough to save his PGA-playing privileges.
Poulter finished two shots over par and two shots adrift of the projected cut, sending him packing in tied-93rd place.
The start of his second round saw him bogey the first hole, but he recovered with a five-foot birdie on the second. What followed afterwards was two more bogeys on the fourth and seventh, and three more birdies on the sixth, eighth and ninth.
He failed to capitalise on the fourteenth and sixteenth, which were his best chances on the back nine for a birdie. That left him needing an eagle on the final hole, but he only achieved a par and ended the round with 71.
Despite this setback, Poulter did not take it lying down. Instead, he kept his head up high with a humble tweet, hinting that his career is far from over.
He said: "You don't get to number five in the world and help lift a few Ryder Cups and disappear.
"You come back stronger and more determined than ever."
Still eligible for European Tour tournaments, the Brit admitted that the loss of his PGA Tour card has upset his schedule. He expanded on this when talking to Sky Sports.
"What it means and what's the most frustrating thing for the next few months is I can't plan a schedule," he said. "I have to be ready to go any given Monday to go to an event.
"I'll try and qualify for U.S. Open, I'll try and qualify for The Open, I'll play some events in Europe. I'll play some more events over here and obviously I'll do what I need to do."
The Valero Texas Open continues into Sunday, with Americans Bud Cauley and Tony Finau tied at the top with eight under.
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