Poulter facing pressure of a different variety


4:22 a.m. ET Feb. 24, 2017

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ian Poulter used to start every Monday by opening the link to the Official World Golf Ranking.

It used to be satisfying. Now he doesn’t even bother, and hasn’t for the last 16 months.

“I’ve stopped looking, just because it’s not a very nice number to look at,” said Poulter, who has plunged all the way to No. 206. “It was good when it was No. 5. It was great. I used to look at it all the time. But 200 doesn’t sound very good, does it?”

Making it worse is that the ranking file used to contain just 50 names per page, so some scrolling was involved.

“I hate going four pages down,” Poulter said. “It’s miserable.”

That’s also the least of his worries at the moment. Poulter, so emotionally charged during a Ryder Cup, managed a small dose of self-deprecation about his world ranking. Of a more serious nature is that he is running out of time to keep his full status on the…

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