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Poulter remains upbeat despite missing out on PGA Tour card


By Phil Casey

Ian Poulter has lost his PGA Tour card after missing the cut at the Valero Texas Open last night.

The Ryder Cup favourite, a two-time winner on tour, needed to bank at least £23,905 by finishing in the top 30 but was unable to make it to the weekend.

Poulter, 41, has been playing on a medical exemption following a foot operation last year but, with that expiring, he needed to earn his card.

A first round of three over left him facing an uphill challenge and yesterday's one-under 71 was not enough to keep him in the mix. Poulter may still be seen at PGA events but will now require invitations.

Poulter said: "The best thing about golf is it gives you what you deserve. Also when the chips are down you find out who your real friends really are.

"I guess the road needs re-tarmacking after a good few miles. A career isn't a career without the odd bump along they way."

Graeme McDowell was on one under par through 15 holes of his second round.

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