Ian Poulter has confirmed his withdrawal from this week’s Houston Open in order to be fit and ready for next week’s Masters at Augusta National.
The Englishman took to social media to make the announcement, citing a back problem that has hindered him for some time now.
‘My back isn’t quite ready just yet. I have been hitting a few balls over the last week and it’s just not quite ready, so I have unfortunately withdrawn from Houston Open this week,’ Poulter said.
‘I don’t want to overstress it this week by playing a tournament and with the Masters next week. That’s the priority.’
Poulter’s best finish at the Masters came back in 2015 when he concluded the week in Georgia in T6 and is yet to win a Major in his 25-year golf career.
He last competed at last month’s CJ Cup in Las Vegas where he secured 12th spot, while prior to that he played in the US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in September where he missed the cut after the opening two rounds.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) November 2, 2020