US PGA Championship: Ian Poulter happy with solid start at Valhalla
Last Updated: 08/08/14 11:42am
Ian Poulter has been hampered by a wrist injury in recent weeks but the Englishman believes he is starting to find his form after opening with a round of 68 at the US PGA Championship.
The 38-year-old posted three birdies on the back nine at Valhalla, after starting at the 10th hole, and then mixed birdies at the fourth and seventh with bogeys at the second and fifth on the front nine.
That left him on three under and three shots behind early pace-setters Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell.
“Nice day, obviously,” Poulter told Sky Sports. “I got out on the golf course which I know that I made a few birdies on in the past and that’s what we did today.
“A couple of disappointing bogeys on the front half but overall I think I played very, very solid.
“I gave myself plenty of chances to a few tight pin positions, so three under par is in a nice spot.”
Poulter has had some lengthy practice sessions recently and he is now feeling the benefit.
Got the rewards
He said: “I have been working harder and harder as the body has been allowing me to and today I got the rewards for that. So hopefully we can continue to work hard and continue to get good results.
“I feel strong right now and I feel good coming into the last major.
“I started to feel last week I was getting stronger. I did more reps in terms of hitting balls Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday than I have in the last month. And I think that’s been the turning point.”