Southport - Considering he's lucky to even be playing in the Open
Championship, Ian Poulter feels like he has nothing to lose this weekend.
The Englishman produced a 'boring' but highly effective
second round at a rainy and windy Royal Birkdale on Friday.
A one-birdie, one-bogey 70 in horrible conditions was more
than respectable, keeping him at three under par on a day when many were
dropping like flies.
Poulter looks certain to be right near the top of the
leaderboard heading into the weekend, and can hardly believe his own luck -
considering he was in danger of losing his PGA Tour card only a few months ago.
A calculation error by the PGA Tour moved him back into a
position where he could play the Players Championship, and a second-place
finish there helped him secure his card.
Now everything feels like a bonus to Poulter, and qualifying
for the Open at his home course in Woburn - and now seriously contending for
the Claret Jug - is just icing on the cake.
“I’m in a bonus week,” Poulter said. “I qualified for The
Open. I’m loving it. I really am. This is a massive bonus for me to be in this
position. I haven’t played in a major for a little while, and I can’t wait. I’m
excited. I’m pumped up.”
“So, yeah,” he said, “I mean I’m ready to go out there
toe-to-toe with anyone this weekend.”