Englishman Ian Poulter carded a three-under-par first round in the UBS Hong Kong Open after rushing to compete in the tournament so that he will be eligible for next year's Ryder Cup.
The 39-year-old was given a sponsor's invite by Rich Beem to play in the tournament after he realised that he had dropped out of the world's top 50 and would not fulfil his 13-tournament requirement to be a European Tour member.
Had Poulter not played this week at the Hong Kong Golf Club, he would have lost his European Tour membership and therefore not been available even for a captain's pick in next year's Ryder Cup.
Despite not playing a practice round or having his caddie available, Poulter is in contention after a first-round 67 that included five birdies and two bogeys.
"Fairly happy with that result today," Poulter tweeted. "3 under par and left a few out there. Fair chance of a little snooze in the courtesy car to hotel."