Honda starts critical stretch for 'pain free' Poulter


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Ian Poulter says his foot is healed, and he’s looking to give himself another chance to win the Honda Classic this week.

Poulter, who missed half of last year with a painful arthritic joint, is making his first PGA Tour start of the calendar year. He has a wild history with PGA National’s Champion Course. He hit five balls in the water in the final round two years ago and still had a chance to win, tying for third.

Poulter, 41, is eager to put himself back in contention this week.

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“I'm pain free,” Poulter said. “I feel like I'm about ready to play some good golf.”

Poulter is playing the PGA Tour on a major medical extension this season. He needs to make $220,301 or accumulate 155 FedEx Cup points in his next six starts to keep full status.

“So I've got a little run of events right now where obviously I need to make a push and lock things up and then continue the back half of this year as we have done in the past,” Poulter said.