Ian Poulter: miserable period left me swimming at bottom of empty pool

• British golfer forecasts golden summer after sparkling return to form
• Poulter says finishing runner-up at Sawgrass ‘feels like a victory’

Ian Poulter has said his past year and a half has been the most miserable of his career but is delighted at his second-place finish at The Players Championship, which he believes will simplify his summer. Poulter has handed an immediate boost to the European Tour by entering the PGA Championship at Wentworth next week.

Having seen his world ranking slip into the 200sand, at one stage, nearly lose full status on the PGA Tour, Poulter had an uncertain outlook before a stirring performance at Sawgrass. Kim Si-woo took The Players title but Poulter could barely hide his delight at finishing as runner-up. He has now moved back inside the world’s top 100 and has already qualified for the end-of-season FedEx Cup play-offs, meaning he can carefully plot his summer schedule.

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