Saturday, June 4, 2016

Ian Poulter out four months with foot injury

Ian Poulter will miss the next four months with a foot injury, endangering his chances of playing for Europe on this fall's Ryder Cup team.

The Englishman has been dealing with an arthritic joint in his right foot for months. The condition has devolved to the point that that it's difficult to walk and practice.

The 40-year-old has been unable to produce results on the PGA Tour this season. Poulter has made nine of 13 cuts on the PGA Tour, with his only top-10 finish coming as a tie for third in the Puerto Rico Open, played opposite the WGC-Dell Match Play. Starting the year at No. 56 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Poulter has fallen to 85th. Poulter hasn't won anywhere in the world since 2012.

Even before deciding to take time off for the injury, Poulter was in danger of not making Darren Clarke's team on points. He's 42nd on the European points list and 38th on the World Points list.

Poulter has made five Ryder Cup appearances, going a remarkable 12-4-2.

Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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