Ian Poulter explains British Masters snub

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• Ian Poulter explains why he's not playing in British Masters
• The 40-year-old is making his injury comeback this week
• He has committed to the Asian Tour's Macau Open

IAN POULTER | MACAU OPEN

Unlike Tiger Woods, Ian Poulter WILL be making his injury comeback this week, but it won’t be at the British Masters.


The 40-year-old, who has been out since late May with an arthritic joint in his right foot, hosted the event on its hugely successful return to the European Tour schedule at Woburn last October.

But he won’t be at this year’s tournament hosted by Luke Donald at The Grove, or at the Safeway Open on the PGA Tour either, instead opting for the Asian Tour’s Macau Open as a warm-up for trying to keep his PGA Tour status.

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Poulter has ten PGA Tour events to earn $350,000 or 218 FedEx Cup points to retain full playing privileges and sees heading to the Far East as the best possible preparation for next week’s CIMB Classic in Malaysia.
"It's about maintaining my status where I live right now" - Ian Poulter

“I could (have played), but it means going from the UK to Malaysia and I don't really want to pitch up jet-lagged for an event which... not saying the British Masters isn't a big event because it's a massive event and I hosted it last year, but for me it's about maintaining my status where I live right now,” Ian Poulter told Press Association.

“I have ten events to play and CIMB is a big event for me. I want to be there Sunday night, which I can do from Macau.

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“First thing Monday morning I can be there fresh and ready to play so I just need to take care of my schedule for my reasons, get my status back and I will be playing a full schedule around the world as soon as I can.”


What now for Ian Poulter?


Ian Poulter says he's itching to get back to playing in the Ryder Cup - but will we see him again in the match? Leave your thoughts in the 'Comments' section below.

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