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The Tour Report

    Poulter earns spot in WGC-HSBC Champions field

  • Ian Poulter smiles in Hong Kong. (Victor Fraile/Getty Images)Ian Poulter smiles in Hong Kong. (Victor Fraile/Getty Images)

It turns out Ian Poulter flew a long way for nothing.

Last week, Poulter raced from Orlando to New York to Hong Kong because he fell out of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking and was not eligible for the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

He needed the extra start because he would have fallen short of the European Tour’s minimum of 13 tournaments, which would have made him ineligible for the 2016 Ryder Cup. Rich Beem even gave up his spot in the field so Poulter could play.

On Thursday, though, Poulter earned a spot in the WGC-HSBC Champions field anyway -- as the sixth alternate he got in when Brandt Snedeker withdrew.

“I guess it was meant to be,” Poulter tweeted.

The trip to Hong Kong wasn’t entirely a waste, however. Poulter finished 29th in the event.