Poulter relishing European Tour return

Ian Poulter is back in European Tour action at the Australian PGA Championship this week, after eight months out, and is relishing his return Down Under.

The Englishman played only two individual European Tour events last season and also missed out on a spot in Europe's Ryder Cup team after deciding to take time out to fix a long-standing foot problem.

The 40-year-old, who won the Australian Masters back in 2011, is now fully fit and raring to go: "It’s very exciting to come back to Australia. I feel fresh, I feel ready, even though it was a long flight. I’m quite excited to come down here to play golf.

"The foot’s good. I had to take five months off in the summer, which was pretty frustrating. To take myself out of trying to qualify for a Ryder Cup place, that was pretty hard to take because I obviously love that event so much.

"But a rest was needed to get the rehab done and to come back strong at the back end of this year, and after this week and next in Hong Kong we’ll reassess and see where we’re going to start next year."