FedExCup Spotlight: Ian Poulter

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After winning this event in 2010, Ian Poulter has been eliminated in Round 1 the last two years.
February 19, 2013
Chris Dunham,

Each week, PGATOUR.COM will take a look at one of the FedExCup contenders in the field and break down his past performances at that week's event, FedExCup history, and potential for success in the 2013 FedExCup chase.

Ian Poulter, a match play specialist and 2010 champion of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, returns to Dove Mountain to tee it up in this event for the 10th consecutive year.

Poulter has five top-10 finishes in his previous nine starts at this event but has bowed out in the first round each of the two years since his 2010 triumph.

The Englishman and hero of the victorious European side at the 2012 Ryder Cup will be making just his second start of the PGA TOUR season this week. He tied for ninth at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions which he qualified for after winning another World Golf Championship -- the HSBC Champions -- late last year. That result leaves him tied for 99th in the latest FedExCup standings.

The two WGC victories remain Poulter’s only two in PGA TOUR events. He also boasts a trio of runner-up finishes in his career, most recently at the 2009 PLAYERS Championship.

Since the inception of the FedExCup format, Poulter has not qualified for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. That’s not to say he hasn’t been close. Poulter has qualified for the first three legs of the FedExCup Playoffs in four of the last six years, finishing as high as 31st in the final FedExCup standings.

Poulter, who has played a minimum of 15 events on TOUR each year since 2005, is just getting his season started. With 550 FedExCup points on the line -- this is the season's first event to offer more than 500 points -- anyone who wins would make a big splash in the season-long race. A good showing this week would put Poulter in prime position to make his first trip to East Lake once the calendar turns to September.

Poulter's FedExCup finishes
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
57th 112th 31st 39th 87th 39th
FedExCup highlights
• Ian Poulter has finished between 31st and 39th in the FedExCup race three times.
• He has played in 16 of a possible 24 Playoff events and finished inside the top 10 three times.
• Poulter has never ranked higher than fourth in the FedExCup standings. He reached that number following his 2010 victory at Dove Mountain.
• With a win this week, Poulter could move as high as No. 2 in the race for the FedExCup.
• A year ago, Poulter didn't crack the top 100 until the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard (his fifth start of the year), but still managed a 39th-place finish overall.
• Poulter's best FedExCup year (31st overall in 2009) started with a T9 at the Accenture and included a dozen top-20 finishes in 17 starts.
Poulter's AMPC results, FedExCup standings
Year FedExCup before AMPC result Points earned FedExCup after
2007 72nd T9 587.3 48th
2008 N/R T17 262.0 131st
2009 N/R T9 68.3 126th
2010 N/R 1st 550.0 4th
2011 81st T33 22.5 71st
2012 129th T33 22.5 118th