Poulter: I’ve got a chance

The 39-year-old Englishman will be playing in the Masters for the 11th time but has just a pair of top-10 finishes to his name so far.

However, he sees the tournament as an event he can win and hopes that a week spent relaxing in the Bahamas will prove the perfect build-up.

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

“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 could have had a 2015 tournament victory to his name already but, having led after three rounds of the Honda Classic last month, he shot a final round of 74 and missed out on a place in the play-off by one shot.

“I feel good about my game,” he said. “That’s something that’s been in shape since the start of the year.

“I’ve hit lots of greens in regulation and I’ve had lots of chances. I 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 a trophy since the start of this year.

???The main thing is I’m healthy, I’m happy, I’m rested and I’m ready to go.

“I feel like this is one of the ones where I’ve obviously got a chance, if I play well for four days and 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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