Ian Poulter: I feel ready to finally play well at Wentworth

Ian Poulter determined to play well at BMW PGA; reveals Ryder Cup reason for his resurgence. 

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Wed, 23 May 2018

Ian Poulter: I feel ready to finally play well at Wentworth

 

Ian Poulter has revealed how he is eager to impress the home fans and finally play well at the BMW PGA Championship, following a number of years of disappointing results on Wentworth's West Course.

Poulter labels Wentworth as being a "love-hate relationship" due to his passion of playing in front of a packed home gallery on a course he walked numerous times as a young boy, but with a string of results here that consists of seven missed cuts and a career-best finish of 10th in 2012.

But back in the winners' circle following victory at the Houston Open last month and back inside the world's top 30 following solid results at The Heritage and The Players, and the Poulter that everyone knows and loves is ready to strut his stuff in Surrey this week. 

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"I'm really looking forward to this week," said Poulter. "It's been a good start to 2018 for me and it's set up what is going to be a great summer. To come back and spend some time in Europe is really nice.

"This golf course is apparently in the best condition it's ever been so I am looking forward to seeing it for myself in the Pro-Am this afternoon.

"For me, this is a golf course where I've not had the results on through the years, and it's been extremely disappointing from my side not being able to force a decent finish.

"But with the form I've got right now, I'd like to think I'm coming here in the right frame of mind to do very well this week."

Poulter intends to leave no stone unturned at Wentworth this week, and wants to do it with a smile on his face. 

"I need to attack this course in a slightly different way," he said. "I need to be more aggressive all round. I want to enjoy the fact I am back in the UK and be able to have some fun and play some good golf."

When questioned by the media on the biggest reasons for his resurgence in 2018, the confident Englishman smiled as he revealed a certain biennial matchplay tournament happening at Le Golf National this September. 

"Hard work, determination, Ryder Cup," said Poulter, who was one of Darren Clarke's vice-captains for the 2016 Ryder Cup. 

"There is nothing like playing in the Ryder Cup. To be close to the team now, and to have a big push this summer would be great. I am looking forward to the challenge."