The Open 2014: Ian Poulter cleared to play at Royal Liverpool
Ian Poulter will play through the pain at this week’s Open Championship at Royal Liverpool after MRI scans revealed no serious damage had been done to the wrist he injured at last week’s Scottish Open.
”It’s good news,” Poulter told BBC Sport. “There's no tendon damage and no joint damage or bone.
"But I will still be chewing anti-inflammatories and painkillers all week."
Poulter sustained the wrist injury last Friday as he battled unsuccessfully to make the cut at Royal Aberdeen. The 38-year-old came runner-up at Royal Birkdale in 2008 and tied for third with Lee Westwood at Muirfield a year ago, so the Englishman was desperate to shake off his injury.
Speaking of the moment he knew something was wrong, Poulter said: “I hit a shot off an upslope," he said. “I jarred it and then had to go out of the rough on 18, needing to make four to make the cut, which didn't help.
“I've had a ganglion cyst on the wrist in the past. In fact, I've had three of them. Every one's been syringed. But, by jarring it, by taking the force of a whack, some of that fluid has come out of the joint and into the cyst sac. It's just touching on the nerve. But the pain is bearable.”
Poulter will start his 2014 Open campaign at 09:37 BST on Thursday, alongside 2011 runner-up Dustin Johnson.
Asked whether he still thought about missing the cut when Hoylake returned to the Open rota in 2006, Poulter smirked: "I really don't pay any attention to missed cuts. I get rid of them. I don't like them. I detest them, and I erase them. I really don't need to waste any of my brain cells thinking back to a bad week.
"This is a totally different golf course. In 2006, it played firm and fast. It's a lot softer and greener now.
"The depth of the field is probably stronger than 2006 as maybe Tiger Woods is not quite as strong as what he was then, but nobody is going to write Tiger off until it's over. And there's a lot of good players in good form right now."