Another American saves Poulter from losing tour status

first_imgWildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead “I immediately found 30 points and thought, ‘OK, now we’re getting somewhere.’ And that point, I thought I had to bring that up,” Gay said.He called Andy Pazder, the tour’s chief of operations, and the tour agreed that a major medical extension was essentially about allowing a player the chance to keep his card if he had not been injured. After a quick review, the tour made the change — not just for Gay, but any player affected by it.“He called me and mentioned Ian,” Gay said. “And I thought, ‘I just got Ian his tour card back.’ For me, it was just about getting in The Players. For Ian, it was about getting his status back.”Gay said he sent Poulter a text that said, “How happy are you?” He said Poulter replied with, “I friggin’ love you,” followed by three red hearts.“He had no idea,” Gay said.Poulter also is eligible for The Players Championship. And then it was Brian Gay to the rescue.Gay also was playing under a major medical extension (back) and made it with room to spare with a tie for sixth at Hilton Head and the Texas Open, and he figured that would be more than enough money ($626,195) for him to get into The Players Championship.But when the tour told Gay he was 28 FedEx Cup points short of qualifying for The Players, he started investigating.Gay remembered that the tour changed its points distribution this year to reflect the breakdown of awarding money. The tour had deemed that too many points were awarded lower down the leaderboard, particularly in the range of 30th to 50th places.However, because Gay (and Poulter) suffered their injuries before the changes, Gay argued that the old points distribution should have applied. He asked his wife if the previous year’s player handbook was around. She found it and Gay started applying the math.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ian Poulter, of England, drives his shot off the second tee during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island. APWILMINGTON, North Carolina — For the second time in 18 months, Ian Poulter was spared at the last minute from losing his tour membership.Both times, it was an American to the rescue.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Ronaldo leads Madrid to 3-0 win over Atletico in CL semiscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Go back to late October in 2015 when Poulter was bumped out of the HSBC Champions at the last minute and there were no tournaments left for him to fulfill his minimum requirement to keep European Tour membership, which he needed to be eligible for the Ryder Cup.Rich Beem bailed him out by giving Poulter his sponsor exemption to the Hong Kong Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnPoulter wound up missing the Ryder Cup because of a foot injury that cost him five months, and that injury ultimately led to his second lifeline.He had 10 tournaments on a major medical extension to make enough money (or FedEx Cup points) to secure his full PGA Tour card for the rest of the season. He appeared to come up short in his last event when he missed the cut in the Valero Texas Open.last_img read more