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Poulter primed for next year, run toward a major

England’s Ian Poulter stepped up late in the 2013 season rallying for a second-place finish in the Race To Dubai standings behind Henrik Stenson.

At $3.1 million on the year, Poulter was second to Stenson by six shots at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in mid-November.

Although Poulter failed to hoist a trophy in 2013, he posted a number of strong weeks including fourth-place at the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Arizona (won by Matt Kuchar), T-3 at the Open Championship (won by Phil Mickelson) and runner-up to Dustin Johnson at the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Poulter also logged a Top 3s and made a run at Stenson in the European Tour’s playoff series.

At No. 12 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Poulter could be primed for a career-year and perhaps a major title in 2014. The Englishman enters his 20th year as a professional golfer and has 12 career victories – not to mention his team titles in the Ryder Cup where he was the hero in 2012.

Look for Poulter to ride his trending play into the Top 10 before the Masters. He needs to prove himself with a stroke-play victory on U.S. soil perhaps in the Florida Swing.

On the betting side at Ladbrokes.com, Poulter is a 16-to-1 pick to win the European Tour’s Race To Dubai in 2014.

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  • The United States Golf Association (USGA) is reportedly expected to receive about $1.1 billion from FoxSports for a 12-year television deal that begins in 2015. The network will have the rights to broadcast the USGA’s major events including the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open.
  • Russell Henley won the Sony Open last January in Hawaii – the PGA Tour’s first full-field event of the calendar year. Henley, a rookie in 2013, finished the year 33rd on the Money List making 17 of 24 cuts and earning more than $2 million. He was 9th in Strokes-Gained Putting for the season. His Sony Open included three rounds of 63.
  • Jim Furyk, 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking, carded the low round of the 2013 season on the PGA Tour firing a 12-under-59 at the BMW Championship during the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He would end the year 15th on the Money List and 4th in Driving Accuracy Percentage.