Ian Poulter is targeting glory in this week’s BMW PGA Championship as he chases a place in the US Open next month.
The Englishman is not yet part of the field for the next major of the year, which begins on June 15 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, but will earn a place if he can come out on top at Wentworth over the weekend.
The 41-year-old, who finished as joint runner-up in The Players Championship at Sawgrass earlier this month, wants to maintain his form as he hopes to do well on the revamped Wentworth course.
“I can’t emphasise how big a week it was for me at Sawgrass,” Poulter said. “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.”
He added: “Well, I’m hoping to win this week and then I’m in. 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.”
Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson and Luke Donald are just some of the other big names playing in the BMW PGA Championship – the European Tour’s flaghsip event – when the action gets under way on Thursday.