Poulter positive of Masters chances

Phil Casey 13:16 07/04/2015
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Poulter says he has tried everything to prepare himself for the Masters.

If all else fails, spend a week in the Bahamas. That is Ian Poulter’s attitude ahead of his 11th appearance in the Masters, a tournament which has so far produced just two top-10 finishes.

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“I think I’ve tried it several ways to try and prepare for this week, none of which have worked,” Poulter said before a practice round at Augusta National.

“I’ve had two weeks off. I’ve played in the run-in. I’ve been here previous years early to prepare. I’ve tried all sorts of things.

“One thing I haven’t tried before was go to the Bahamas for a nice week off before a solid week of practice. So we’ll give that one a try this year.” 

Poulter looked set to at least come into the Masters with a first victory since 2012 under his belt when he led after three rounds of the Honda Classic last month, only to shoot a closing 74 and miss out on the play-off between Padraig Harrington and Daniel Berger by a single shot.

“I feel good about my game,” the 39-year-old added.

“That’s something that’s been in shape since the start of the year. I’ve hit lots of greens in regulation. I’ve had lots of chances, haven’t quite taken all of them as yet. Let’s hope that I’ve kind of stored them up for this week.

“I’m working on all the right things to continue to rectify those few little issues that have held me away from holding the trophy since the start of this year. So the main thing is I’m healthy. I’m happy, I’m rested. I’m ready to go.

“I feel like this is one of the ones I’ve obviously got a chance (to win), if I play well for four days, take advantage of the par fives. If I don’t make silly mistakes and if my wedge control is good and I hole a few putts, then hopefully I’ll be there.”

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