Ian Poulter faces an anxious wait to find out if a wrist injury will keep him out of the British Open, which starts on Thursday.
The Ryder Cup hero picked up the complaint whilst playing in the Scottish Open last week and will has undergone an MRI scan to find out the severity of the injury.
Poulter is due to receive the results of the scan on Tuesday, and will be hoping for good news – although he has already confirmed that there is no thoughts that it is a fracture.
In-fact the Englishman seemed in a fairly relaxed and upbeat mood about the situation when he posted about in on social media site, Twitter.
He tweeted: “Just off to Leeds to have a MRI scan on the wrist. Jarred it last week on 14th and 18th. Precautionary but has to be done.”
The injury will have been one of the major reasons he struggled so much at last week’s competition around the Royal Aberdeen.
Poulter was out of sorts over the first two days of the tournament, missing the cut and disrupting any momentum he was planning to get ahead of the year’s third major.
His rounds of 73 and 74 left him at five-over for the tournament and way down in tied 103rd place in the leaderboard, although the positive for fans of the charismatic golfer is that this was down to injury rather than purely poor form.
The Royal Aberdeen was reputedly going to offer similarly tough conditions to what Hoylake will present next week and, the field were able to make far lower scores than expected, it is still a blow for Poulter's preparations.
Going into the weekend and allowing himself more competitive golf on links courses before the Open starts would surely have been part of his wishes, but that proved impossible.
Instead, the man who would have been hoping to win his first major on Sunday prior to last week, is now just hoping to be able to play.
He will need to show an upturn in form from his previous showings if he is at the tournament and wants to compete at the right end of the leaderboard, too.
Poulter has just two top ten finishes on the tour this season, and is still searching for his maiden victory in 2014.
If he could pick a place to get his first win of the year it would be at Hoylake, though, and if he is there you can bet he will try his utmost to ensure that it happens.
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