Ian Poulter has shaken off a wrist injury to play in this year’s Open at Royal Liverpool where he will be looking to atone for his 2006 showing in which he failed to make the cut.
Poulter injured his wrist on Friday during the Scottish Open and went for an MRI scan but was given the all-clear to play and will not be using the injury as an excuse.
“The pain is bearable,” said Poulter. “I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t serious. I’ve had a ganglion cyst on the wrist in the past; I’ve had three of them. But it’s good news. There’s no tendon damage, no joint damage or bone damage. So at least I can rest assured that if I’m in the rough I can have a go at it at a hundred percent and know that I’m not going to do any damage.”
Despite Poulter’s poor performance on his last visit to Royal Liverpool, the Englishman said that has no bearing on how he will perform this week.
“I know my golf game has changed in those eight years,” he said. “I think I’m more equipped. I think I understand links golf better. I’m a more experienced player on links golf now and with the record I’ve got in The Open I feel comfortable hitting certain shots, taking certain shots on and being aggressive where I need to. You just have to have a good game plan and stick with it and don’t do anything silly.
“I’ve erased all of the memories of 2006. I really don’t pay any attention to missed cuts. I get rid of them. I detest them and I erase them. It’s a totally different golf course. It played really firm and fast. It’s not quite as firm and fast this year, so I treat this week as a new week, albeit as a course that I’ve played.”