Poulter Brings Renewed Confidence to Wentworth, Eyes Open Championship

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.


Bullets

  • 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.

Quotable

“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.”
Ian Poulter


This post appeared originally as part of the Daily Rundown.


Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.



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