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Poulter needs help to make WGC-Dell Match Play field

Ian Poulter, thought of as Mr. Ryder Cup for his match-play prowess on the European team, is unlikely to qualify for next week's WGC-Dell Match Play unless a player withdraws. David Cannon/Getty Images

Barring other player withdrawals this week, Ian Poulter will not be part of the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship for the first time since 2003.

The Englishman was bumped to 67th in the Official World Golf Ranking after finishing in a tie for 67th at the Valspar Championship on Sunday. The top 64 in the rankings as of Monday are eligible for the annual match-play event, but since No. 7 Henrik Stenson has announced he will not play and No. 15 Jim Furyk is injured, the field will include the top 66.

American Patton Kizzire moved into the 65th spot by virtue of a tie for 33rd at Innisbrook, thus dropping Poulter out.

If anyone withdraws before next week, Poulter -- who won the 2010 Match Play as well as the 2011 Volvo Match Play Championship on the European Tour -- would get into the tournament, which is being held at Austin (Texas) Country Club beginning March 23.

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen holds the 66th spot.

The tournament draw will take place on March 21, with the top 16 players in the field separated into four-player groups. The first three days consist of matches within the groups. The top player from each group advances to the 16-player knockout stage.