Ian Poulter was able to recapture his skills this year and climb back into the elite ranks of the PGA TOUR. Unfortunately for Poulter, he also violated a rule during his rise back to the top. But he was able to make the best of a bad situation.
The violation started all the way back when Poulter won the Houston Open last April. The win pushed Poulter back onto the national stage and led to more invites to top tournaments, including majors. That caused Poulter to drastically alter the schedule he had set out to begin the year, moving himself out of a few events and into others.
The violation presented itself because Poulter was not going to compete in 25 events that season. The PGA TOUR has a rule that if a player does not compete in that many events, they must participate in an event that they haven’t played in the last four years. Well, because of Poulter’s quick schedule changes, he didn’t meet that qualification.
The punishment for that is typically a fine or a suspension.
Ian Poulter of England hits a tee shot on the 4th hole during the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on January 5, 2019 in Lahaina, Hawaii. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Realizing that he had violated this rule, Poulter decided to go straight to the PGA TOUR to figure out his punishment. Commissioner Jay Monahan has the power to exercise the punishment on players for violating these rules and apparently, he and Poulter came to an equitable agreement.
Poulter agreed to play in the Sentry Tournament of Champions as well as the Sony Open but that wasn’t the best part of the deal.
One of the events Poulter opted out of was the Wyndham Championship (which ironically would have filled the requirement that brought about the violation) and felt bad about it. So as part of the deal, Poulter invited the Wyndham to send eight guests to his home in Florida to play a round and tour his guest houses with a collection of cars and golf memorabilia. That was certainly an experience that those eight guests will always remember.
It’s great to see Poulter back to relevance on the PGA TOUR but it’s even better to see him make such a gracious gesture to atone for his mistake. Hopefully, Poulter’s success will continue so he won’t be in this predicament again in the future.
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