Monday 20 November 2017

Different approach for Poulter

If all else fails, spend a week in the Bahamas.

That is Ian Poulter's attitude ahead of his 11th appearance in the Masters, a tournament which has so far produced just two top-10 finishes.

"I think I've tried it several ways to try and prepare for this week, none of which have worked," Poulter (above) said before a practice round at Augusta National.

"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 looked set to at least come into the Masters with a first victory since 2012 under his belt when he led after three rounds of the Honda Classic last month, only to shoot a closing 74 and miss out on the play-off between Padraig Harrington and Daniel Berger.

"I feel good about my game," the 39-year-old added. "That's something that's been in shape since the start of the year.

"I've hit lots of greens in regulation. I've had lots of chances."

For Jason Day, the Masters and the pursuit of a coveted green jacket has been an obsession since he first picked up a golf club.

And if Day wins the year's first major on Sunday, everything else the 27-year-old Australian does on a golf course will be icing on the cake.

"Everyone has different goals in life," Day told reporters after a practise round at Augusta National on Monday. "Everyone has different things they want to try and achieve.

"We've been gearing my golf game ever since I was 12, 13 ... to try and attack this golf tournament, building my game toward winning this tournament.

"Whatever I win after, that would be a bonus."

Day came agonisingly close in 2011 when, playing in his Masters debut, he finished runner-up to Charl Schwartzel.

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