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Ian Poulter Jokes He Won A 'Willy Wonka Golden Ticket' at HSBC

Photo: AP Photo/Stew Milne

Ian Poulter, from England, hits his tee shot on the tenth hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Stew

Ian Poulter’s luck has struck again.

Just a few weeks ago, the Englishman made a frantic trip from Orlando to Hong Kong, a last-ditch effort to preserve his European Tour card so that he would still be eligible for the 2016 Ryder Cup. The events were set in motion after Poulter dropped out of the top 50 in the world rankings.

Poulter got lucky in Hong Kong, as Rich Beem gave up his spot at the last minute so Poulter could compete. This week Poulter squeaked by again, making it into the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai despite being the sixth reserve. Two other golfers ahead of him withdrew.

“I found a voucher in a Willy Wonka chocolate bar,” Poulter joked. “I guess it was meant to be.”

Poulter's Ryder Cup status is of utmost important to the Europeans. He has been a mainstay on the squad, with an 8-4-2 record in five appearances.

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