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2020 Houston Open: Ian Poulter withdraws, citing back problems

The Englishman, who won the 2018 Houston title, says ‘my back isn’t quite ready’ in pulling out of this week’s PGA Tour event, the final stop before the Masters

Withdrew: Ian Poulter, from this week’s Houston Open, citing back problems. Poulter, 44, of England, said “my back isn’t quite ready just yet” in a Twitter post announcing his decision. He was replaced in the field by Ollie Schniederjans. Poulter, whose three PGA Tour victories include the 2018 Houston Open title, hopes to be ready for next week’s Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. He has finished 12th or better in his past three worldwide starts in consecutive weeks: T-6 at the European Tour's Scottish Open and T-5 at the BMW PGA before a T-12 at the PGA Tour's CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. The recent run elevated Poulter to No. 48 in the world ranking. The Houston Open begins today in a return to Memorial Park Golf Course, a municipal layout recently redesigned by architect Tom Doak with help from Brooks Koepka, who will compete this week (tee times).

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