Tour Report: No. 10 Ian Poulter

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2013 PREVIEW: If Ian Poulter could channel the intensity he possesses at the Ryder Cup every week, the Brit would challenge for the trophy every time he tees it up. He’d also probably explode. As it is, Poulter is coming off his second World Golf Championships victory. Will 2013 be the year he finally makes it to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola?

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: That come-from-behind win in China at the HSBC Champions notwithstanding, the highlight of Poulter’s season came at the Ryder Cup where he went undefeated in four matches. The colorful Brit sparked the improbable European comeback when he birdied the last five holes of his Four-ball match with Rory McIlroy on Saturday afternon to notch a crucial victory over Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner. His teammates later called for Poulter to be a Ryder Cupper for life. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: If you saw Ian Poulter during the Ryder Cup you would not be intimidated as much as you would be scared. He was so focused, so intense, it was frightening. Ian is one of the best putters on TOUR and that makes him capable of winning any event. He has played a lot during the offseason and should be primed for a quick start in 2013. — Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Boy, if how he closed out the year is any indication of what’s to come, then 2013 sets up as a breakout season. Normally, the Englishman hurts fantasy gamers by playing a limited schedule consisting only of the tournaments with the deepest fields, but he turned on the jets in stroke-play events to suggest that he’ll fulfill the cornerstone label we’ve wanted to affix for years. Then again, perhaps the foundation was already laid with three top 10s in majors in 2012. That matched his total in his first 36 majors (through 2011). And at $1.715 million, engrave his name into your salary roster. — Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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2012 QUICK REVIEW

Regular Season ranking

55th

Final Playoffs ranking

39th

Best finishes 1st WGC-HSBC Champions
By the Numbers

Starts: 15

Cuts made: 15

Rounds played: 56

Top-10 finishes: 4

Money List rank: 45th

TOUR ranking

Driving distance: 145th

Driving accuracy: 39th

Greens in regulation: 168th

Strokes gained-putting: 81st

Scoring average: 29th


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