The past few years have been a struggle for England’s Ian Poulter, but after a recent runner-up finish at THE PLAYERS Championship, he is feeling good about his chances at the European Tour version of THE PLAYERS, the BMW PGA Championship.
Poulter is hoping to parlay a strong showing at Wentworth into an Open Championship invite.
- This will be Poulter’s first appearance at the BMW PGA Championship in three years. He has voluntarily skipped the past two editions.
- He has missed over half his cuts in 13 attempts at Wentworth, with a high finish of T10 in 2012.
- A victory would get Poulter into the top 50 in the world, which he needs to qualify for The Open Championship in July.
- At World No. 80, Poulter currently does not qualify. He raised precipitously (197 to 80) with his strong performance at THE PLAYERS.
- Poulter said that he is willing to play the June 5th sectional qualifier if he is not exempt for The Open Championship.
- He has not committed to the qualifying attempt, referring to it as a “last resort.”
- Poulter credits his improved play to the removal of several distractions outside golf.
- He recently switched management companies, and shut down his floundering clothing business.
“I am a much better player when I am feeling happy, confident and less distracted with things on and off the golf course. Simplifying my life makes a massive difference to me. I think we’re there with that and getting things back to basics.”
This post appeared originally as part of the Daily Rundown.