Refreshed Poulter is primed for action again

ENGLAND’S Ian Poulter is feeling refreshed and ready for another Open challenge having spent the last couple of weeks enjoying life away from the golf course.

While his contemporaries have been readying themselves by playing at last week’s Scottish Open, and before that at Le Golf National in Paris, Poulter took a seat in the Royal Box at Wimbledon and also indulged his love of fast cars with a VIP trip to the British Grand Prix.

The Ryder Cup star believes his time off was well spent as in addition to having a much needed break with his family he was able to pick up a few pointers from other sports.

“You can’t hit balls 24/7 every day of the week because it just doesn’t work, that’s simple, you are just going to be too tired,” said the world number 16, whose last competitive action came on 26 June with a joint 24th finish at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

“If I want to take two weeks off and have some family time then I am going to do it and enjoy myself.

“It is always good to see the best sportsmen in the world do their job. You get an insight into what they are doing and how they can help you: temperament, body language – all that stuff you can tell when guys’ heads go down quite quickly when they have lost a set and stuff is going against them.”