Veteran Ian Poulter is planning on capitalising on his form at The Players by getting into the 2017 US Open.
The Englishman was superb around TPC Sawgrass two weeks ago, claiming second place. The result saw him earn an invitation to this week’s’ BMW PGA Championship, where a win will guarantee him entry to Erin Hills.
“Well, I’m hoping to win this week and then I’m in,” the 41-year-old Sky Sports.
“All good things come from winning golf tournaments, so if I play well this week, and I win this week, then it takes care of that.
“Open qualifying is a last resort. I’m not sure if I’m going to need that resort, and I still haven’t made a decision if I’m going to go over and try and qualify. But I’d like to take care of that this week. That’s the plan.”
Poulter spent months on the sidelines with a foot injury and would have lost his PGA Tour card if it was not for a medical extension. But a great showing at Sawgrass has re-ignited his career.
“I can’t emphasise how big a week it was for me at Sawgrass,” said Poulter, who is looking for his first win since 2012.
“You know, from a perspective of a few weeks ago, having to sit down and try and work out some kind of a schedule, which wasn’t looking very good, there wasn’t any planning I could really do.
“So the change of playing well at The Players, to take care of my playing rights over there, to take care of a big move in the world rankings, that enabled me to travel back across the pond to play this week and also to be able to play a string of events in Europe this summer.
“That was something I really, really wanted to do, and obviously a few weeks ago, I couldn’t commit to that. Now I’m in a position to do so, so from a mindset perspective, I’m in a really good frame of mind. And when you’re in a good frame of mind, generally good things happen.”
The US Open tees off at Erin Hills on 15th June.
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