Poulter withdraws from Byron Nelson

Ian Poulter has pulled out of this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson tournament in Texas due to injury.

The Ryder Cup star recorded a top-five finish at last week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational, and is disappointed to be missing out this week.

“I will not be competing this week in Texas, I picked up a slight strain in the gym on Monday, so taking precautions and not chancing it,” Poulter wrote on Twitter.

“I was looking forward to two weeks in a row, playing good golf, so disappointing not to keep that going. Next event will be @usopengolf.”

The Byron Nelson might not be a bad one to miss, though, considering that bad weather is threatening.

It has rained 19 of the last 25 days in the Dallas area, and more rain has been forecast for every day this week.

It has left the TPC Four Seasons Resort course in less than ideal condition.

“The golf course is totally under water. Not a dry spot in any fairway,” said defending champion Brendon Todd.

“I’m sure we’ll be playing lift, clean and place.

“It’s not like you’re going to see me and Mike Weir on top of the leaderboard on Sunday in a week where the golf course is under water.

“We like to drive the ball lower, down the middle, chase it out there and use our wedges and short game to win.

“When it gets soft, it seems to bring the longer players in. You’re going to see a hundred guys under par and you’re probably going to get some of the bombers up there near the top of the board.”