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.
“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.