Poulter likely to stick with US Tour

A 10th win on the European Tour has done little to deter Ian Poulter from sticking with the US PGA Tour.

A 10th win on the European Tour has done little to deter Ian Poulter from sticking with the US PGA Tour.
The 34-year-old won the UBS Hong Kong Open on Sunday with his victory moving him up to 11th in the world – and leaving him nursing ambitions of climbing even higher up the rankings.
However, the European Tour has increased the number of mandatory events to retain Tour membership from 12 to 13, meaning Poulter has a decision to make on how we will spread his commitments from next year.
Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood have already decided to turn their backs on the US PGA Tour, but with Poulter and his family based in the States the decision is not an easy one for the Ryder Cup star.
“I live in Orlando, so the family is schooled there, I have three children, two of which are to school in the States,” he said.
“Rory lives in Ireland. His family is in Ireland. So therefore for him, I guess it’s difficult to see being over that side of the pond.
“For him, it’s an easy decision, and for me, I’m happy playing golf where I am. I’m very happy playing both tours, playing The European Tour and the US PGA Tour.”
Poulter now heads to this week’s Dubai World Championship brimming with confidence.
The Hertfordshire player had been happy with his form in recent weeks but for whatever reason his challenges for victory at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai and then the Singapore Open faded in the final round.
That all changed in Hong Kong though with Poulter consistently impressive and in the end victory never really looked in doubt.
With the battle for the world number one spot now wide open after years of being dominated by Tiger Woods, Poulter is looking to climb as high as he can up the rankings; starting with victory this week in Dubai.
“I think I’ll just try winning the Dubai World Championship and see how high I can go,” he added.
“Tiger (Woods) has dropped a lot of points. Westwood is world number one, and if I keep playing well, then who knows – I could get up there.”