Poulter ready to play through the pain at Open

Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:27am EDT
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By Martyn Herman

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Europe's Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter declared himself fit for this week's British Open despite a wrist injury but said on Tuesday he will be chewing on pain killers to get through.

The 38-year-old Englishman jarred his right wrist at last week's Scottish Open, where he missed the cut, aggravating a previous problem with a ganglion cyst and putting his participation at the Royal Liverpool course in doubt.

After an MRI scan in Leeds on Monday, however, Poulter said there was no tendon damage and he was "ready to go".

"I've had a ganglion cyst on the wrist in the past, I had three of them," Poulter, who failed to make the cut the last time the British Open was on the Merseyside coast, told reporters at a news conference.

"They've all be syringed but by jarring the wrist and taking the force of a whack, some of the fluid has come out of the joint and into the cyst sack that's there.

"It's touching a nerve so I'm getting a little pain in the area. I'll be chewing on anti-inflammatories and some painkillers for the week to try and get rid of some of the pain.

"But it's good news, there's no tendon damage, and no joint damage or bone damage. So if I'm in the rough I know I can give it 100 percent and not do any damage," he said.

Poulter irritated his wrist on the 14th and 18th holes at Royal Aberdeen last week and was still in pain when he arrived at Hoylake, restricting himself to putting only on Sunday.   Continued...

Ian Poulter of England smiles as he walks on the third green during a practice round ahead of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 14, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth