Ian Poulter on the hunt for a seat at the Open
by ANDREA GUSSONI | VIEW 1401
His best finish at the Open Championship came in 2008, when he finished second behind Padraig Harrington, who thus achieved his back-to-back, confirming himself Open Champion at Royal Birkdale, after having imposed himself the year before at Carnoustie .
Now Ian James Poulter is a Liv Golf player. He will be able to participate in the 151st edition of the tournament, which will be held on Royal Liverpool's path, but will have to earn his place through qualifications. In addition to the local qualification routes, on the UK territory, some places for The Open are available in some tournaments held around the world, The first was the Joburg Open, in November last year, while the Genesis Scottish Open will close the Open Qualifying Series the week before the Open Championship.
Ian James Poulter has chosen to hunt for a place at Royal Liverpool in the Hong Kong Qualifying Series, which will be held on the occasion of the World City Championship presented by the Hong Kong Golf Club.
Ian James Poulter, results
The tournament is part of the Asian Tour calendar and will take place from 23 to 26 March on the course of the Hong Kong Golf Club.
4 places will be available for the best 4 players classified, who do not already have another exemption title to participate in The Open. LIV players attend the Asian Tour more and more assiduously, because, being in partnership with LIV Golf, they have not been banned.
And the Asian Tour tournaments guarantee points for the World Ranking which, as we said, are still a rare commodity for Saudi League players. The British player, interviewed about the pending arbitration in Lomdra, told the Telegraph: "Having no clues about the outcome of the hearing, I'm considering Hong Kong as a route for my qualification to the Open" “I don't want to miss Hoylake, and this may be my only chance” “If I don't make it, someone will probably say I'm finished, but I won't” “I will continue to fight, after all I am back to my ideal weight”.
Poulter will not be alone in Hong Kong. Henrik Stenson will also take the field, but he won't be competing with The Postman for one of the 4 places. He deserved the place in 2013, when he became the Open Champion at Muirfield, after an epic showdown with Phil Mickelson.