Poulter in contention at Harbour Town facing money-earning deadline

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/pga/players/2848/" data-ylk="slk:Ian Poulter">Ian Poulter</a> is up against it in his next two PGA Tour starts (Getty Images)
Ian Poulter is up against it in his next two PGA Tour starts (Getty Images)

Ian Poulter has to earn $145,000 in his next two PGA Tour starts, or the Englishman loses his PGA Tour status because he would not have fulfilled a major medical extension of his status.

So far, Poulter is in great shape to earn all of that money and then some at this week’s RBC Heritage. Through two rounds, Poulter is at 8 under par and near the lead after rounds of 66 and 68 on the par-71 Harbour Town Golf Links.

“[T]he golf was good. I played real solid,” Poulter said following his round. “Happy with my game. Happy with everything I’m doing.”

Poulter spent time away from the PGA Tour last season to deal with arthritis in his right foot, earning a major medical extension from the PGA Tour which requires him to earn either $347,634 or 218 FedEx Cup points in 10 events to retain his card, as the earnings would get him in last year’s top 125 in FedEx Cup points or money.

Through eight events, Poulter hasn’t netted but one top-25 finish. He needs $144,669 or 117 FEC points between this week and next week’s Valero Texas Open.

The 41-year-old maintains he’s not playing to those figure targets.

“I’m playing golf like I really don’t care, to be honest,” he said. “I’ve had to work a lot on clearing everything out of my mind to go and play golf. And that’s obviously what I needed to do to play some good golf. And I’m not thinking about it. I’m trying not to think about it.”

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