Poulter Tour card under threat as he struggles in Texas

Ian Poulter
Valero Texas Open first round leaderboard
-6 B Grace (SA); -5 W MacKenzie, J Huh, S Cink (all US), S Alker (Aus); -4 S Marino, S Stefani, L List, B Koepka, B Estes, T Hoge, J Randolph, R Shelton, K Duke, B Gay, B Molder (all US), G McDowell (NI), S-Y Noh (Kor)
Selected others: -1 G Owen (Eng); E M Laird (Sco); +3 I Poulter, A Johnston (both Eng); +4 L Donald (Eng)
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England’s Ian Poulter is struggling to secure his PGA Tour card for the rest of the season after a poor first round at the Valero Texas Open.

Poulter, 41, carded a three-over 75 to leave him tied for 128th place and in danger of missing the cut.

Playing his final tournament on a medical exemption after foot surgery last year, he needs to win at least £23,905 – equivalent to a top-30 finish – to retain his place on the tour.

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