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Decisions, decisions. It's been a tough season for Ian Poulter.
2013 comparison: Ian Poulter played in 16 events last year on the PGA Tour, had four top-10 finishes, three missed cuts and $1.5 in earnings. His best finish was a T3 in the Open Championship. This year, and stop me if you've heard this before, he's played in 16 events, had four top-10s and three missed cuts. Once again he's made $1.5 million.
What went wrong? Poulter, the 35th-ranked player in the world, has been plagued with injuries this season. The most significant of those is a ganglion cyst on his right wrist, an issue that he's dealt with two other times in his career. He was given the OK by doctors to play just before the British Open, but results since wouldn't indicate the wrist is OK: MC, T58, T52, MC.
Any chance at redemption in 2014? Poulter entered the FedEx Cup playoffs 78th on the points list but when he missed the cut, he dropped to 91st. He'll really have to play well at the Deutsche Bank to get into the field next week at the BMW Championship, which has a field of only 70 players. He's not only the European Ryder Cup at this time, either, and will have to depend on being chosen by captain Paul McGinley. He's one of the European studs in that competition, but he's not playing well and not healthy.