Despite his misgivings about the course, Ian Poulter had a marvelous finish to the British Open at Muirfield last month, stringing together a series of birdies on the back nine to shoot a four-under 67 for his final round (good enough to land him in third place). Poulter’s focus is now on the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, which begins Thursday.
Poulter spoke on Wednesday about how he plans on attacking the challenging course, saying accuracy off the tee will be key:
This week in particular, I really need to be on my ‘A’ game to make sure that I put it in position off the tee. There are a number of long par-fours around this golf course where, if you are coming out of the rough, then you’re going to have no chance at all.
My driving stats are pretty good and I’d like to lean on that as hard as I can this week, get it in play and try and take my opportunities when I can. (Reuters)
Poulter also spoke about his quest to capture his first major:
I’ve had three good runs at it now, and every time I’ve just been a couple of shots away. I have to look into the early part of each of those weeks and say, ‘I’ve made mistakes at the wrong time.’
So it’s about me staying focused for 18 holes and trying not to make those silly mistakes, trying to find myself in a better position come Sunday morning.
Poulter will be playing his first two rounds at the PGA Championship with Americans Zach Johnson and Lucas Glover.